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An image of The miraculous draught of fishes - Luke 5 by Jean Appleton

Jean Appleton

(Australia 1911 – 11 Jun 2003)

The miraculous draught of fishes - Luke 5
Other titles:
The miraculous draught of fishes - Luke V
Place of origin
PymbleSydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Media category
Materials used
oil on hardboard

91.5 x 121.9 cm board; 95.6 x 126.1 x 4.3 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, black oil "Jean Appleton". Not dated.
Purchased 1960
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

In a letter, dated 26 December 1960, to the curator of Australian art, Daniel Thomas, the artist wrote:

"The 'Miraculous Draught of Fishes' was begun at the end of 1959 and completed in January 1960. It was one of many paintings which I have been working on for the last two or three years in which the sea has been the major subject. The 'Miracuous Draught' was a theme that I had been concerned with for some time, and one which I hope to develop further. Of two accounts of a great draught of fishes in the New Testament, the dramatic beautry of the one in Luke, with the breaking of the nets and the sinking ships, seemed to have a sort of tension and richness which, to me (at that moment, anyway) had to be expressed in paint, rather than the calmer story as told in John, chapter 25".

The painting was awarded the Darcy Morris Memorial Prize for a scriptural subject at the 1960 Blake Prize competition, in which this work was entered and subsequently exhibited.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005

Bibliography (10)

Blake Society for Religious Art, Blake Prize 1960, Sydney, 1960. 1; titled 'The Miraculous Draught of Fishes'; price: 125 gns.

Deborah Edwards, Jean Appleton - A lifetime with art, 'The Constructed Interior', pg. 87-132, Sydney, 1998, 126, 127 (colour illus.).

Suellyn Luckett, Jean Appleton: Paintings 1945-1995, New South Wales, Sep 1996, Back cover (colour illus.).

Angus Maude (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 24 Feb 1960.

Angus Maude (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 23 Feb 1960, (illus.).

Unknown (Editor), Sun-Herald, Sydney, 24 Feb 1960.

Editor Unknown, Observer, Sydney, 05 Mar 1960.

Editor Unknown, Catholic weekly, Sydney, 03 Mar 1960.

Unknown (Editor), Sun, Sydney, 22 Feb 1960.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Daily Mirror, Sydney, 24 Feb 1960.

Exhibition history (5)

The Blake Prize 1960, Mark Foys Gallery, 24 Feb 1960–09 Mar 1960

Selections from the Blake Prize 1960:

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1960, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Mar 1961–23 Apr 1961

Religious art: from the permanent collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 1961–20 Aug 1961

Jean Appleton survey exhibition (1996), Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, 13 Sep 1996–17 Oct 1996