This watercolour dates from Cook's visit to Spain in the 1930s, when he spent most of his time in Catalonia – visiting Lerida, Girona and the Costa Brava. In a catalogue tribute following the artist's death, a former student recalled his particular love of that country. Cook was curator at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 1950–52 and art critic on Sydney's Daily Telegraph from 1954–58; but spent many years devoted to teaching at East Sydney Technical College (the National Art School) during the 1940s and 50s.
pencil, watercolour on ivory wove paper
31.3 x 41.9 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, black ink "JAMES COOK". Not dated.
Not on display
© Reproduced with permission
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Red Cross Coin Catchers Exhibition, Exhibition Venue Unknown, Nov 1943–Nov 1943
Australian watercolours from the National Art Gallery collection 1836-1946, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 May 1946–Jun 1946
Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s:
Referenced in 2 publications
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 68 (colour illus.), 121. cat.no. 57
Trustees of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australian watercolours from the National Art Gallery collection 1836 to 1946, Sydney, 1946, 11. cat.no. 37