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An image of Circular Quay from Milson's Point by Grace Cossington Smith

Grace Cossington Smith

(Australia 1892 – 20 Dec 1984)

Title
Circular Quay from Milson's Point
Place of origin
SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Year
(1929)
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
coloured pencil, crayon
Dimensions

45.7 x 34.1 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.l., black pencil "G. Cossington Smith". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1967
Accession number
DA5.1967
Copyright
© Estate of Grace Cossington Smith
Location
Not on display
Further information

Grace Cossington Smith visited the site of the Sydney Harbour Bridge many times during its construction, and produced some of the most memorable images of the project in a large number of sketchbook drawings. Her coloured pencil renditions of various aspects of the building express something of the bridge's architectural energy and its central symbolism as a marker of the modern age. This view of the bridge from the North Shore shares many of the elements of her oil painting of 1928-29 'The curve of the bridge', in the Gallery's collection.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

Bibliography (8)

Jane de Teliga, Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1979, 9.

Renée Free, Modernism 1900-1950: prints and drawings from the collection, Sydney, 1994.

Deborah Hart, Grace Cossington Smith, 'The curve of the bridge', pg. 130-133, Canberra, 2005, 132 (colour illus.), 176.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 12, 40, 41 (colour illus.). cat.no. 28

Denise Mimmocchi, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Icon of modernity: the Sydney Harbour Bridge', pg. 154-163, Sydney, 2013, 158 (colour illus.), 315, 324.

Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 510-521, Sydney, Jan 1970, 517 (illus.), 521.

Kay Vernon, Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Sydney, 1990. cat.no. 54

John Williams, Quarantined Culture: Aust Reactions to Modernism, Sydney, 1995, 85, 197, 210, 211, 246.

Exhibition history (11)

Society of Artists Special Exhibition of drawings, designs and watercolours (1929), David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, 06 May 1929–20 May 1929

Acquisitions 1967, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Mar 1968–01 Apr 1968

Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Dec 1979–28 Jan 1980

Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jan 1990–11 Mar 1990

Modernism 1900-1950: prints and drawings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Jul 1994–25 Sep 1994

Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000

Grace Cossington Smith: a retrospective exhibition (2005):

Australian Modernists: Their responses to the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, 10 Feb 2011–25 Mar 2011

Henri Mallard: Building the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, 10 Feb 2011–26 Mar 2011

Sydney Moderns, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jul 2013–07 Oct 2013