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Rounding up a straggler



Frank Mahony

Australia, England

1862 - 28 Jun 1916


Frank Mahony was born in Melbourne and studied in Sydney at the NSW Academy of Art. He is best known as a painter of Australian genre subjects, and an illustrator for 'The picturesque atlas of Australasia' and 'The Bulletin'. He also illustrated books by Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson.

The painting 'Rounding up a straggler' is in the Gallery's collection, purchased in the year it was painted. An engraving of it appears in 'The picturesque atlas of Australasia' (1888) as 'Rounding up a straggler on a cattle-run', pg. 353. On the verso of the drawing are pencil studies of a horse and a couple.

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


91.4 x 127.6 cm stretcher; 127.4 x 162.5 x 7.8 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., brown oil "FRANK P MAHONY/ 1889".


Purchased 1889

Accession number


Artist information

Frank Mahony

Works in the collection


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 27 publications


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

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

Nicolas Brasch, Horses in Australia: an illustrated history, 'The breed for every need', pg. 204-225, Sydney, 2014, 206-207 (colour illus.).

Henry Lawson, Favourite poems, Sydney, 1992, 9 (illus.).

Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. 750 [Gallery No. 7]

Evan McHugh, The stockmen: the making of an Australian legend, 'The first cattle king', pg. 25-36, Melbourne, 2013, 24 (colour illus.), 25 (colour illus.), 27.

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

Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. 54

William Moore, The story of Australian art from the earliest known art of the continent to the art of today (Vol. 1), 'National life', pg. 122-152, Sydney, 1934, 147 (illus.).

Bernard Smith, 100 years of Australian painting, 'Foreword', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 1948, 5. 10

Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Tom Roberts', pg. 466-487, Sydney, Jul 1969, 472.

Vaurian, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'The Art Gallery', pg. 5, Sydney, 13 Dec 1890, 5. see copy in Curator's Worksheet

Unknown, Art Society of New South Wales Spring Exhibition Catalogue (1889), Sydney, 1889, 9, 13 (illus.). 25; price £84.0.0

Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1888, Sydney, 1888. 162; titled 'Rounding Up a Straggler'

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, 79, 96, 106.

Tales of Old Australia Australian Classic Literature, New South Wales, cover ( illus.).

Unknown, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1893, Sydney, 1893, 107. 368; Loan collection to Commissioners of the Chicago Exposition

Unknown, Anne Ryan and Unknown, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 95 (colour illus.).

Unknown, City bushmen: the Heidelberg school and the rural mythology, Melbourne, 1985, 120 (illus.), 128. plate no. 19

Unknown, Tom Roberts, Melbourne, 1978, 86.

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

Fifty years of Australian art 1879-1929, New South Wales, 1929, 51.

Unknown, Catalogue: British Empire Exhibition (Wembley) 1924, 1924, 95. no catalogue numbers; Lent by the Trustees of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales

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. 254; Oil Paintings-Australian

Unknown, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1891, Sydney, 1891, 66. 251

The Sydney Morning Herald, 'The Art Society's Exhibition', pg. 4, Sydney, 04 Oct 1889, 4. see copy in Curator's worksheet