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Title

recto: Studies of old men verso: (studies of old men)


Artist

Eric Wilson

Australia

05 Jan 1911 - 23 Nov 1946


About

Eric Wilson was in London on the NSW Travelling Art Scholarship when the outbreak of the Second World War forced his return to Australia. His studies in Europe led his work in two directions - cubist-inspired abstract still lifes and portraits and landscapes based on drawings made in Europe.

Wilson was a conscientious objector during the war and worked as a ward attendant at Lidcombe Hospital in Sydney between 1942 and 1944. He made a number of emotionally expressive studies of the residents in Wards 27 and 28, which housed approximately ninety patients each, most suffering either advanced senility or terminal illness. The drawings led to a painting in the Gallery's collection, 'The inmates' 1944.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001


Details


Place where the work was made

Australia


Date

(1943-1945)


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pencil, pen and ink on ivory laid paper


Dimensions

10.4 x 12.6 cm sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1958


Location

Not on display


Accession number

9799


Artist information

Eric Wilson

Works in the collection

66


Place

Where the work was made
Australia

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Andrew Sayers, Eric Wilson, Newcastle, 1983, 54 (illus.). cat.no. 54