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
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.
Not on display
© Ian Fairweather/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Where the work was made
Shown in 7 exhibitions
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
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 01 Oct 1994–27 Nov 1994
- National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], Melbourne 17 Dec 1994–19 Feb 1995
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 22 Mar 1995–07 May 1995
The drawings of Ian Fairweather (1997-1998):
Referenced in 7 publications
Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, 'Darwin: the raft', pg. 94-108, Sydney, 2009, 98 (illus.), 252. figure no. 24; cat.no. 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; cat.no. 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.). cat.no. 2
Queensland Art Gallery (Curator), Fairweather: a retrospective exhibition, South Brisbane, Jun 1965. cat.no. 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