Portrait of John Farmer
03 Dec 1875 - 06 Jun 1955
This work was a finalist in the 1936 Archibald Prize and was acquired by the Gallery in 1937.
oil on canvas
76.5 x 97.4 cm stretcher; 107.0 x 127.0 x 9.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, brown oil "Meldrum". Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 6 exhibitions
Archibald, Wynne and Sulman (1936), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Jan 1937–15 Feb 1937
Loan exhibition of paintings by Max Meldrum, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Mar 1947–16 Apr 1947
100 years of Australian painting (1948), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Apr 1948–17 May 1948
A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Sep 1953–25 Oct 1953
Artists by artists (1954), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Nov 1954–05 Dec 1954
Paintings and drawings by Max Meldrum, David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, 15 May 1974–01 Jun 1974
Referenced in 11 publications
Basil Burdett., Art in Australia [series 3, no. 66], 'The Archibald Competition', Sydney, Feb 1937, 31 (illus.).
Paula Dredge, Margaret Sawicki, Steven Miller and Lindsay Parker, S.A. Parker Framing Works, 'Works in the collection with known Parker frames', pg. 27-68, Sydney, 2004, 51 (illus.).
Robert Haines., Paintings and drawings by Max Meldrum, 'Foreword', Sydney, 1974. cat.no. 30
Hal Missingham, Artists by artists, Sydney, 1954, (illus.). cat.no. 50
Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. cat.no. 141
Peter Perry and John Perry, Max Meldrum and associates: their art, lives and influences, 'Disputes, trusteeship of National Gallery of Victoria and Science of Appearances', pg. 39-42, Victoria, 1996, 39 (illus.), 129.
Bernard Smith, 100 years of Australian painting, 'Foreword', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 1948, 6. cat.no. 14
Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 146. cat.no. 468
Bernard William Smith and Terry Smith, Australian painting 1788-1990, 'Leviticus 1913-32', pg. 167-204, South Melbourne, 1991, 202 (colour illus.). illus.no. 115
Alex Taylor, Perils of the studio: inside the artistic affairs of bohemian Melbourne, 'The lives of number nine', pg. 9-34, North Melbourne, 2007, 21 (colour illus.). figure 12
Kenneth Wilkinson (Editor), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 70], Sydney, Mar 1938, 63 (illus.).