Sadder than a single star that sets at twilight in a land of reeds
20 Aug 1871 - 23 Jan 1955
Sadder than a Single Star
oil on canvas
92.7 x 38.7 cm stretcher; 114.4 x 60.4 x 3.6 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
© Estate of Sydney Long. Courtesy Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia
Shown in 8 exhibitions
Society of Artists Spring Exhibition (1899), Vickery's Chambers, Sydney, Aug 1899 -
Sydney Long, A.R.E.: loan exhibition, National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Apr 1941–31 May 1941
A memorial exhibition of a selection of paintings by Sydney Long 1878-1955, National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Oct 1955 -
Ladies in Landscapes:
Sydney Long (1979), S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 22 Aug 1979–07 Nov 1979
Australian Collection Focus: Sydney Long: Pan, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jun 2009–30 Aug 2009
Australian Symbolism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 May 2012–22 Jul 2012
Sydney Long: the spirit of the land, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 17 Aug 2012–11 Nov 2012
Referenced in 11 publications
Anne Gray, Sydney Long: the spirit of the land, 'The spirit of the land', pg. 45-70, Canberra, 2012, 60, 96 (colour illus.), 97. cat.no. 12
Robert Hughes, The art of Australia, Melbourne, 1970, 79.
J. G. de Libra, Australasian art review, 'The poetry of our painting', pg. 1-12, Sydney, 01 Sep 1899, 7,12.
Joanna Mendelssohn, The life and work of Sydney Long, Sydney, 1979, 47 (colour illus.), 73, 74, 231. No. 83; titled 'Sadder than a Single Star that Sets at Twilight in a Land of Reeds (Decoration)'
Denise Mimmocchi, Australian Symbolism: the art of dreams, 'Artful atmospheres: Symbolism and photography’, pg. 123-136, Sydney, 2012, 122 (colour illus.), 123, 157 (colour illus.), 146. image on pg.157 is a detail.
Denise Mimmocchi, Australian Collection Focus: Sydney Long - Pan, 'Sydney Long: Pan', pg. 1-12, Sydney, 2009, 9 (colour illus.), 10.
National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1899, Sydney, 1899. cat.no. 297, Oil Paintings-Australian, titled 'Sadder than a Single Star'
Ron Radford, Ladies in Landscapes, Ballarat, 1974, (illus.). cat.no. 18; sepia toned reproduction
Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 126.
Society of Artists, Society of Artists Spring Exhibition, Sydney, 1899, (illus.).
Kenneth Wilkinson (Editor), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 74], Sydney, Feb 1939, 17 (illus.).