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Title

Trees of the forest that brave the frosts and the fires


Artist

John Salvana

Australia

1873 - 1956


About

Born in New Zealand, John Salvana studied at the Art Society in Sydney in 1897 and in 1912 under Frank Calderon (1865-1943) in London. Later he was a theatre artist in Brisbane.

The title of this work is from Adam Lindsay Gordon's poem 'From lightning and tempest' in 'Sea spray and smoke drift' (1867). Many nineteenth century Australian artists turned to contemporary Australian poetry for titles to their works and were called upon to provide illustrations to poetry and prose in the periodicals of the time. Gordon (1833-70) was a popular poet in the 1890s, before his untimely death, by suicide.

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005


Details


Other Title

Trees of the forest - (that brave the frost and the fires)


Date

1898


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

black, white and grey gouache


Dimensions

50.7 x 27.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, black gouache "John Salvana"


Credit

Purchased 1898


Location

Not on display


Accession number

6239


Artist information

John Salvana

Works in the collection

7


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 136 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1991. cat.no. 69

Author Unknown, Art Society of New South Wales Nineteenth Annual Exhibition Catalogue, Sydney, 1898, 31 (illus., pen and ink drawing). cat.no. 274