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Sidney Nolan

Australia, England

22 Apr 1917 - 28 Nov 1992




Media category


Materials used

Ripolin enamel on hardboard


91.8 x 122.2 cm board

Signature & date

Signed and dated lower c., pencil "Nolan/ 49".


Purchased 1950


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Sidney Nolan

Works in the collection


Shown in 11 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 21 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Dead Sun, Sydney, 1997. 17

Jane Clark, Sidney Nolan - landscapes and legends: a retrospective exhibition 1937 - 1987, 'Inland Australia', pg. 109-110, Sydney, 1987, 109.

Sir Kenneth Clark, Bryan Robertson and Colin MacInnes, Sidney Nolan, London, 1961, 43-45.

David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sidney Nolan: exhibition of Central Australian landscapes, Sydney, 1950.; nfs; priced 80 guineas [pen and black ink]; NOTE: AGNSW purchased work the day before the exhibition opening - 30.3.1950

F.L., The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Art Gallery's ''Reckless" Acquistions', Sydney, 15 Feb 1951, unknown.

James Gleeson, Sun, 'Landscapes triumph for Aust. artist', pg. 19, Sydney, 31 Mar 1950, 19.

Bruce James, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Light fantastic', pg. 11, Sydney, 02 Sep 2000, 11. NOTE: page 11 of Spectrum lift-out.

Hal Missingham, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Sidney Nolan', pg. 362-371, Sydney, Oct 1967, 366 (illus.).

Hal Missingham, Sidney Nolan. Retrospective exhibition. Paintings from 1937 to 1967, Sydney, 1967. 50

Hal Missingham, Contemporary Australian painting, 'Introduction', pg. 5-6, Auckland, 1957, inside front cover (illus.), 13. 24; plate no. 2

Elwyn Lynn, Sidney Nolan - Australia, Sydney, 1979, 104, 105 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, Sidney Nolan, 'Nolan's Parallel Universe', pg. 17-65, Sydney, 2007, 143 (colour illus.), 234. 52

Barry Pearce and Patrick McCaughey, Twentieth century Australian masterworks from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Fred Williams Pilbara Series, Tokyo, 1985, 38 (colour illus.). 20

Bryan Robertson, Sidney Nolan, 'Preface', pg. 3-4, London, 1957, front and back cover (illus.), inside front cover. NOTE: not included in exhibition

Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 154. 494; Provenance: purchased by the Trustees, 30/3/1950, from the exhibition of the artist's work held at David Jones's Art Gallery.

Geoffrey Smith, Sidney Nolan: desert & drought, Melbourne, 2003, 33 (colour illus.), 146. 11

Geoffrey Smith, gallery: ngv members magazine, 'Sidney Nolan: Desert & Drought', pg. 4-7, Melbourne, Jul 2003. NOTE: General reference. Article on the Nolan Desert & Drought exhibition at NGV.

Laurence Thomas, Twelve Australian artists, 'Introduction', pg. 6-10, London, 1953, 14. 22; Lent by the National Art Gallery of New South Wales

Editor Unknown (Editor), Sun-Herald, 'We own many treasures, but few realise it, so', Sydney, 19 Nov 1950, unknown.

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Sydney, 2000.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Bulletin, 'Sundry shows: Gallery purchases', Sydney, 21 Feb 1951, unknown.