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An image of Pied-à-terre by Ian Fairweather

Ian Fairweather

(Scotland, Australia 29 Sep 1891 – 20 May 1974)

Place of origin
DarwinNorthern TerritoryAustralia
(circa 1950)
Media categories
Drawing, Watercolour
Materials used
charcoal, watercolour and gouache on paper

69.4 x 51.3 cm sight; 94.3 x 74.2 x 4.0 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1996
Accession number
© Ian Fairweather/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

The figures in 'Pied-à-terre' are rudely abbreviated, their extremities cut short by the edge of the picture plane, their form compressed by flattened perspective. This drawing was made in the summer of 1950-51 in the artist's sixtieth year, when he was living in an abandoned patrol boat on the shores of Darwin Harbour. This period has been described as a crossroads for Fairweather, where he was wresting with his identity as an Englishman abroad and an artist whose work was rooted firmly in the Australian landscape.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004

Bibliography (7)

Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, 'Darwin: the raft', pg. 94-108, Sydney, 2009, 98 (illus.), 252. figure no. 24; 97; dated 1951

Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, 'The emerging line & Aboriginal influence', pg. 90- 110., Sydney, 1981, 91, 96, 97 (illus.), 238. plate no. 40; 89; Collection of Mrs J.E.A. Walkley.

Tim Fisher, The drawings of Ian Fairweather, 'The Calcutta Group', pg. 9, Port Melbourne, 1997, 13-15, 51 (colour illus.).

Niagara Galleries, Old Masters: Fairweather, Tuckson, Melbourne, 1994, (colour illus.). 2

Queensland Art Gallery (Curator), Fairweather: a retrospective exhibition, South Brisbane, Jun 1965. 24

Anne Ryan, Look, 'The drawings of Ian Fairweather', pg. 14-15, Heidelberg, Dec 1997, 15 (colour illus.).

INK: Whiteley and Others, Sydney, 2006. List of works

Exhibition history (7)

Old Masters: Fairweather, Tuckson (1994), Niagara Galleries, Richmond, 08 Mar 1994–02 Apr 1994

Ian Fairweather (1891-1974) and Tony Tuckson (1920-1973), Watters Gallery, East Sydney, 12 Apr 1994–30 Apr 1994

Fairweather (1994):

The drawings of Ian Fairweather (1997-1998):

Bodyline, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, 03 Feb 2001–08 Apr 2001

Ink: Whiteley and others (2006), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 29 Apr 2006–20 Aug 2006

Ian Fairweather Gouache Drawings, Stanley Coe Gallery

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