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An image of Dance of the football field by Weaver Hawkins

Weaver Hawkins

(United Kingdom, Australia 28 Aug 1893 – 13 Aug 1977)

Dance of the football field
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas on cardboard

50.5 x 61.0 cm board; 62.5 x 73.0 x 3.7 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, black oil "Raokin.47.".
Purchased 1953
Accession number
© Estate of HF Weaver Hawkins
Not on display
Further information

'Dance of the football field' depicts two Sydney-based rugby league teams during a 1947 match in which the Balmain team (black and yellow) defeated the Manly team (maroon and white) at Brookvale Oval, home to the Manly football club. It is likely that Weaver Hawkins and his sons were in the crowd, as Hawkins lived in Mona Vale, north of Manly, at the time he created this painting.

The artist has signed the painting 'Raokin', an alias which he began to use from 1927, stemming from unwanted publicity as an artist living with severe injuries from World War I.

Bibliography (4)

Bonhams Australia (Compilator), Important Australian art, 'Important Australian art: lots 1-41', pg. 6-74, Paddington, Aug 2014, 14. Related work: 'Football' 1952 by Weaver Hawkins

Glenbrook School of Arts, Third Annual Australian Arts and crafts exhibition (1964), Blue Mountains, 1964. no catalogue number

S.H. Ervin Gallery, Weaver Hawkins 1893-1977, Sydney, 1995. 31; Collection AGNSW

Daniel Thomas, Project 11: Weaver Hawkins, 'Weaver Hawkins', Sydney, 1976, not paginated. 24

Exhibition history (3)

Third Annual Australian Arts and crafts exhibition (1964), Glenbrook School of Arts, Glenbrook, 17 Apr 1964–18 Apr 1964

Project 11 - Weaver Hawkins (1976), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Feb 1976–14 Mar 1976

Weaver Hawkins retrospective: