Skip to content


An image of Saddle my nag by William Dobell

William Dobell

(Australia, England 24 Sep 1899 – 13 May 1970)

Saddle my nag
Other titles:
Place of origin
SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Media category
Materials used
oil on plywood

29.4 x 60.8 cm board; 46.5 x 77.5 x 5.7 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, white oil "WILLIAM DOBELL". Not dated.
Gift of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1962
Accession number
© Courtesy Sir William Dobell Art Foundation.
Not on display
Bibliography (12)

Elizabeth Donaldson, William Dobell: an artist's life, 'The War years', pg. 57-69, New South Wales, 2010, 41 (illus.), 59 (colour illus.), 200 (colour illus.). NOTE: 'Sketch for Saddle my nag' 1937 is illustrated on page 41.

Elizabeth Donaldson and Robert Donaldson, William Dobell: his life, art and home, 'Return to Australia, the war years', pg. 27-35, New South Wales, 2011, 27, 31 (colour illus.), 136. NOTE: 'Sketch for Saddle my nag' 1937 is illustrated on page 27.

Shireen Huda, Pedigree and panache: a history of the art auction in Australia, 'Chapter 4. Australian Art at auction: the 1960s market', pg. 55-77, Canberra, 2008, 61, 62, 64.

Alan McCulloch, The heroic years of Australian painting, 1940-1965: the Herald exhibition, Melbourne, 1977, (colour illus.). plate no. 15

Hal Missingham (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly (vol. 4, no. 3), Sydney, Apr 1963.

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Margaret Preston and William Dobell loan exhibition, Sydney, 1942. 36; Collection of the artist

New South Wales Society of Artists, Society of Artists Annual Exhibition, Sydney, 1943. 105; Collection of Norman Schureck

Peter Raissis, William Dobell - the painter's progress, 'London: life and portraits', pg. 32-72, Sydney, 1997, 34, 69 (colour illus.), 144. 22

Daniel Thomas, Art and Australia [vol. 10, no. 1], 'Australian collection', pg. 52-62, Sydney, Jul 1972, 57 (illus.).

Laurence Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'William Dobell', pg. 3-5, Sydney, Oct 1959, 4.

Laurie Thomas (Editor), Jubilee exhibition of Australian art, Sydney, 1951, 44. 129; Collection of Norman Schureck Esq.

Judith White, Australian art collector, 'Yours sincerely: William Dobell', pg. 56-59, Sydney, Apr 2000-Jun 2000, 59.

Exhibition history (7)

Society of Artists Annual Exhibition (1943), Education Department Gallery [Loftus Street], Sydney, 14 Aug 1943–01 Sep 1943

Jubilee exhibition of Australian art:

Famous paintings from Australian homes, David Jones' Art Gallery, Sydney, Sydney, 14 May 1957–24 May 1957

Acquisitions 1962, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Apr 1963–12 May 1963

William Dobell: Paintings from 1926 - 1964 (1964), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Jul 1964–30 Aug 1964

1940-1965: The heroic years of Australian painting:

William Dobell the painter's progress (1997-1998):