Donald Friend's most notable achievements are to be found among his works on paper. Made shortly after the artist returned to live in Sydney for good in 1981, this lyrical watercolour of Sydney Harbour was part of a new series of works that included views of the harbour and the city, continuing a long-broken association with the city of his birth and formative years as an artist.
Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000
pen and black and red ink, watercolour, gouache, pastel on buff wove paper
47.0 x 64.3 cm sheet; 66.6 x 84.5 x 3.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.l. corner, pen and black ink ".../ Donald Friend". Not dated.
Not on display
© Reproduced with permission of the Estate of Donald Friend. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s:
Suburb, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, 15 Apr 2000–23 Jul 2000
Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003
Donald Friend: A charmed life, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 09 Nov 2006–04 Feb 2007
Harbourlife: Sydney Harbour from the 1940s to recent times:
Referenced in 6 publications
Peter Emmett, Sydney: metropolis, suburb, harbour, 'Suburb', pg. 71-72, Glebe, 2000, 120 (colour illus.).
Christine France, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Donald Friend / Margaret Olley', pg. 128-139, Sydney, 2002, 132 (colour illus.), 143, 147.
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, 'Introduction: Painting in watercolour', pg. 8-16, Sydney, 1995, 92 (colour illus.), 123. cat.no. 82
Gavin Wilson, Harbourlife, Sydney, 2007, 56, 47 (colour illus.).
Lou Klepac, Donald Friend: a charmed life, Canberra, 2006. Checklist of works.
Barry Pearce, Donald Friend Retrospective 1915-1989, Sydney, 1990, 119 (colour illus.). cat.no. 98