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Sadder than a Single Star that Sets at Twilight in a Land of Reeds



Sydney Long

Australia, England

20 Aug 1871 - 23 Jan 1955


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Sadder than a Single Star



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Materials used

oil on canvas


92.7 x 38.7 cm stretcher; 114.4 x 60.4 x 3.6 cm frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1899

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Artist information

Sydney Long

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 11 publications


Anne Gray, Sydney Long: the spirit of the land, 'The spirit of the land', pg. 45-70, Canberra, 2012, 60, 96 (colour illus.), 97. 12

Robert Hughes, The art of Australia, Melbourne, 1970, 79.

J. G. de Libra, Australasian art review, 'The poetry of our painting', pg. 1-12, Sydney, 01 Sep 1899, 7,12.

Joanna Mendelssohn, The life and work of Sydney Long, Sydney, 1979, 47 (colour illus.), 73, 74, 231. No. 83; titled 'Sadder than a Single Star that Sets at Twilight in a Land of Reeds (Decoration)'

Denise Mimmocchi, Australian Symbolism: the art of dreams, 'Artful atmospheres: Symbolism and photography’, pg. 123-136, Sydney, 2012, 122 (colour illus.), 123, 157 (colour illus.), 146. image on pg.157 is a detail.

Denise Mimmocchi, Australian Collection Focus: Sydney Long - Pan, 'Sydney Long: Pan', pg. 1-12, Sydney, 2009, 9 (colour illus.), 10.

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1899, Sydney, 1899. 297, Oil Paintings-Australian, titled 'Sadder than a Single Star'

Ron Radford, Ladies in Landscapes, Ballarat, 1974, (illus.). 18; sepia toned reproduction

Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 126.

Society of Artists, Society of Artists Spring Exhibition, Sydney, 1899, (illus.).

Kenneth Wilkinson (Editor), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 74], Sydney, Feb 1939, 17 (illus.).