The dawn of a new age
Australia, England, France
12 Jun 1863 - 10 Oct 1931
Dawn of a new age
75.5 x 33.0 x 45.0 cm figure (incl. base - one piece); 33.0 x 45.0 cm oval base (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed and dated on base below standing figure's right foot, incised "B.MacKennal/ 1924".
Gift of Mrs DV Ritchie 1951
Not on display
Shown in 12 exhibitions
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (1924), Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1924–1924
Royal Academy of Arts, 1925, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1925–1925
Exhibition of bronzes by Sir Bertram Mackennal K.C.V.O, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 07 Oct 1926–20 Oct 1926
Commemorative exhibition of works by late members, winter exhibition, 1933, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 07 Jan 1933–11 Mar 1933
Early Australian sculpture, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, 1976–15 Mar 1977
Early Australian scupture: from its beginnings up to circa 1920, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, 15 Mar 1977
Royal Academy diploma works 1921-1981 (1982), Leicester Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester, 24 Apr 1982–27 Jun 1982
The New Sculpture (1983), Fine Art Society (London), London, 15 Sep 1983–14 Oct 1983
Australian sculpture 1890-1919, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Jan 1987–22 Feb 1987
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
Genius and ambition: the Royal Academy of Arts, London 1768-1918, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, 02 Mar 2014–09 Jun 2014
Referenced in 18 publications
Susan Beattie, The New Sculpture, London, 1983, 234 (illus.).
Deborah Edwards, Bertram Mackennal: Catalogue raisonné, Sydney, 2007, (colour illus.). Artworks: Sculptures: 1920s
Deborah Edwards, Bertram Mackennal: the fifth Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Project, Sydney, 2007, 11, 79, 80 (colour illus.),118, 119 (colour illus., detail).
Deborah Edwards., Australian sculpture 1890-1919, 'Australian sculpture 1890-1919', Sydney, 1987, (illus.). no catalogue numbers; not paginated
Beatrice Gullström, Alison Hissey, Elizabeth Horne, Carola Krueger, Peter Sawbridge and Nick Tite, Genius and ambition: The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1768-1918, 'Australian artists at Burlington House', pg. 164-197, London, 2014, 192 (colour illus.), 206. cat.no. 123
Luke Herrmann, Royal Academy diploma works, 1921-1981: A selection of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture from the diploma collections of the Royal Academy of Arts, Leicester, 1982. cat.no. 59
Noel Hutchinson, Early Australian sculpture, from its beginnings up to circa 1920, 'The Indigenes', Ballarat, 1977. cat.no. 22
Macquarie Galleries, Exhibition of bronzes by Sir Bertram Mackennal K.C.V.O, Sydney, 1926. cat.no. 4; priced 200 gns
William Moore., Daily telegraph, 'The artworld', Sydney, 12 Jun 1925.
Royal Academy of Arts, The Royal Academy illustrated, 1924, London, 1924, 84 (illus.). NOTE: the illustration is a plaster sketch of artwork.
Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Academy of Arts commemorative exhibition of works by late members: winter exhibition, fifty-second year 1933., London, 1933. cat.no. 180
Royal Academy of Arts, The Royal Academy illustrated, 1925, London, 1925. cat.no. 1417; NOTE: Diploma work RA bronze
Robin Rhona Tranter, Bertram Mackennal: A career, Cremorne, 2004, 155, 156.
Sydney Ure Smith and Leon Gellert (Editors), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 11], Sydney, Mar 1925, 27 (illus.).
Royal Academy summer exhibition (1924), London, 1924. cat.no. 1442; probably plaster
Lawsons, Sydney: 10-11 April 1951, Sydney, 1951. lot 157
Lawsons: 24 July 1951, Sydney, 1951. lot no. 245; titled 'Bronze group of two figures'
Editor Unknown (Editor), Sydney mail, Sydney, 10 Feb 1926, 29 (illus.).