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An image of Lerida, Spain by James Cook

James Cook

(Australia 1904 – 1960)

Lerida, Spain
(circa 1935)
Media category
Materials used
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.
Purchased 1943
Accession number
© Reproduced with permission
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 68 (colour illus.), 121. 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. 37

Exhibition history (3)

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: