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John Salvana

(Australia 1873 – 1956)

Title
Trees of the forest that brave the frosts and the fires
Other titles:
Trees of the forest - (that brave the frost and the fires)
Year
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
Accession number
6239
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (3)

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

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

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

Exhibition history (3)

Nineteenth Annual Exhibition of the Art Society of New South Wales (1898), Society Rooms, Union Chambers, Sydney, 1898 -

Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection (1991), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 1991–07 Jul 1991

19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005