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An image of Extravaganza by Grace Cossington Smith

Grace Cossington Smith

(Australia 1892 – 20 Dec 1984)

Other titles:
An Extravaganza of the Orient
Place of origin
TurramurraSydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas on paperboard

49.9 x 47.5 cm board; 60.7 x 58.1 x 4.8 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, black ink "G Cossington Smith". Not dated.
Purchased 1967
Accession number
© Estate of Grace Cossington Smith
Not on display
Further information

Grace Cossington Smith painted this work following a visit to the musical play 'Chu-Chin-Chow, which was written and produced by the Australian actor-manager Oscar Asche and which broke all records for long running when he opened it in London in August 1916. The play ran until July 1921 when it closed in Sydney.

It opened in Australia at the Tivoli Theatre, Melbourne, 11 December 1920 and was presented by Hugh D McIntosh. It travelled to Adelaide, and opened in Sydney at the Grand Opera House on Easter Saturday, 26 March 1921. It was always advertised as "an extravaganza of the Orient".

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001

Bibliography (6)

Deborah Hart, Grace Cossington Smith, 'Cultural landscapes', pg. 56-75, Canberra, 2005, 59 (colour illus.).

Bruce James, Australian painters of the twentieth century, 'Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 40-51, Roseville, 2000, 51.

Bruce James, Grace Cossington Smith, 'Centre of a city', pg. 53-60, Sydney, 1990, 54 (illus.). figure no. 24

Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 510-521, Sydney, Jan 1970, 515 (illus.), 519.

Daniel Thomas, Art and Australia, 'Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 300-312, Sydney, Mar 1967.

Editor Unknown (Editor), 1967 Acquisitions, Sydney, 1967, 20. 24

Exhibition history (5)

Forty-second Annual Exhibition of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales (1921), Exhibition Gallery Department of Public Instruction, Sydney, 02 Aug 1921 -

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

Grace Cossington Smith (1973-74):

Grace Cossington Smith: a retrospective exhibition (2005):

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