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As in the days of old



Frank Mahony

Australia, England

1862 - 28 Jun 1916


Other Title

In the days of old



Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


91.4 x 71.1 cm stretcher; 121.9 x 101.1 x 6.7 cm frame :

0 - Whole; 90.5 x 69.9 cm; SIGHT DIMENSION

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1892


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Frank Mahony

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 14 publications


Julian Ashton, Now came still evening on, Sydney, 1941, 98.

Julian Ashton., Daily telegraph, ‘National Art Gallery: The Australian Court’, Sydney, 27 Sep 1905, unknown.

Australian artists: Some have real artistic merit and the collection is credible', Chicago Daily Tribune, 'Pictures, pg. 9, Chicago, 08 Jun 1893, 9.

Unknown, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 136.

The Sydney morning herald, 'Death of Frank Mahony', pg. 8, Sydney, 15 Aug 1916, 8.

Unknown, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1899, Sydney, 1899, 52 (sepia illus.). 261, Oil Paintings-Australian

Unknown (Editor), Argus, Melbourne, 23 Oct 1896, page unknown. Cited in Leigh Astbury, 'City bushmen: the Heidelberg School and the rural mythology', Melbourne, 1985, pg. 128.

Unknown, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1893, Sydney, 1893, 107. 371; titled 'As in the days of old'; Loan collection to Commissioners of the Chicago Exposition

Art and architecture: Volume II, 'Australasia and Canada', pg. 29-32, Philadelphia, 1893, 32. Official illustrated publication of the art and architecture at the World's Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893.

Unknown (Compilator), The year's art 1893: a concise epitome of all matters relating to the arts of painting, sculpture, and architecture which have occurred during the year 1892, together with information respecting the events of the year 1893, 'Australia: New South Wales', pg. 205-207, London, 1893, between 206-207 (b&w line drawing).

Unknown, Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales: Minutes 1.9.1891-4.5.1898, Sydney, 1891-1898, 31 August 1892, 15 November 1892, 29 November 1892.

Unknown, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1891, Sydney, 1891, Addendum. titled 'In the Days of Old'

Unknown, Transformations in Australian art: The nineteenth century - landscape, colony and nation [Volume One], 'The divided meaning of 'Shearing the Rams': artists and nationalism, 1888-1895', pg. 66-106, St Leonards, 2002, 106.

Unknown, City bushmen: the Heidelberg school and the rural mythology, Melbourne, 1985, 127 (illus.), 128.