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(circa 1950)


Ian Fairweather

Scotland, Australia

29 Sep 1891 - 20 May 1974


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


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


Artist information

Ian Fairweather

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 7 publications


Murray Bail, Ian Fairweather, 'Darwin: the raft', pg. 94-108, Sydney, 2009, 98 (illus.), 252. figure no. 24; 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; 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.). 2

Queensland Art Gallery (Curator), Fairweather: a retrospective exhibition, South Brisbane, Jun 1965. 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