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Bonfire in the bush

(circa 1937)


Grace Cossington Smith


1892 - 20 Dec 1984



(circa 1937)

Media category


Materials used

oil on paperboard


44.7 x 36.5 cm board; 59.9 x 47.6 x 3.8 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, black ink "G. Cossington Smith". Not dated.


Gift of Patrick White 1973


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Grace Cossington Smith

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 8 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 11 publications


Deborah Hart, Grace Cossington Smith, 'Cultural landscapes', pg. 56-75, Canberra, 2005, 56 (colour illus.), 57, 104, 178.

Helen Hewitt, Voices, 'Patrick White: painter manqué', pg. 61-70, Canberra, Winter 1997, 68.

Helen Verity Hewitt, Patrick White, painter, manqué: paintings, painters and their influence on his writing, 'White and the Sydney Art World: I', pg. 44-53, Carlton, 2002, xi, following 48 (colour illus.), 49, 116-119, 151.

Robert Lindsay., Aspects of Australian Art: Art Gallery of New South Wales travelling art exhibition 1976, 'Grace Cossington Smith', Sydney, 1976, (illus.). 32; not paginated

Macquarie Galleries, Pioneer contemporaries: Roy de Maistre, Grace Cossington Smith, Roland Wakelin, Sydney, 1960. 18; dated 1930

Drusilla Modjeska, Stravinsky's lunch, 'To Paint What She Saw: Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 203-334, Sydney, 1999, (colour illus.). plate no. 34

Barry Pearce, Look, 'Patrick White, art patron', pg. 27, Sydney, Nov 2004, 27.

Ann Proudfoot, An expanded view: the Mary Turner Collection at Orange Regional Gallery, 'An expanded view', pg. 5-23, Orange, 2011, 19, 122.

Alan Sisley, Central Western Daily, 'Colourful characters from a shady past', n.pag., Orange, 29 Oct 2011, n.pag. (colour illus.). Article relates to the exhibition 'An expanded vision: Mary Turner collection' held at Orange Regional Gallery in 2011.

Virginia Spate, Art Monthly Australia, 'Amazing Grace: Thoughts inspired by the Grace Cossington Smith exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra', pg. 22-30, Canberra, Aug 2005, 27.

Patrick White, Patrick White's Choice, Sydney, Dec 1981. 5