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(circa 1950)


Ian Fairweather

Scotland, Australia

29 Sep 1891 – 20 May 1974

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Darwin Northern Territory Australia
    (circa 1950)
    Media categories
    Drawing , Watercolour
    Materials used
    charcoal, watercolour and gouache on paper
    69.4 x 51.3 cm sight; 94.3 x 74.2 x 4.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased 1996
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Ian Fairweather/DACS. Copyright Agency

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    Ian Fairweather

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  • About

    The figures in 'Pied-à-terre' are rudely abbreviated, their extremities cut short by the edge of the picture plane, their form compressed by flattened perspective. This drawing was made in the summer of 1950-51 in the artist's sixtieth year, when he was living in an abandoned patrol boat on the shores of Darwin Harbour. This period has been described as a crossroads for Fairweather, where he was wresting with his identity as an Englishman abroad and an artist whose work was rooted firmly in the Australian landscape.

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 7 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 7 publications

    • Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, 'Darwin: the raft', pg. 94-108, Sydney, 2009, 98 (illus.), 252. figure no. 24; cat.no. 97; dated 1951

    • Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, 'The emerging line & Aboriginal influence', pg. 90- 110., Sydney, 1981, 91, 96, 97 (illus.), 238. plate no. 40; cat.no. 89; Collection of Mrs J.E.A. Walkley.

    • Tim Fisher, The drawings of Ian Fairweather, 'The Calcutta Group', pg. 9, Port Melbourne, 1997, 13-15, 51 (colour illus.).

    • Niagara Galleries, Old Masters: Fairweather, Tuckson, Melbourne, 1994, (colour illus.). cat.no. 2

    • Queensland Art Gallery (Curator), Fairweather: a retrospective exhibition, South Brisbane, Jun 1965. cat.no. 24

    • Anne Ryan, Look, 'The drawings of Ian Fairweather', pg. 14-15, Heidelberg, Dec 1997, 15 (colour illus.).

    • INK: Whiteley and Others, Sydney, 2006. List of works

Other works by Ian Fairweather

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