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
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".
Shown in 7 exhibitions
Tenth Annual Exhibition of the Art Society of New South Wales (1889), Society Rooms, Union Chambers, Sydney, 1889 -
World's Columbian Exposition, 1893, Jackson Park, Chicago, 01 May 1893–30 Oct 1893
Exhibition of Australian art in London (1898), Grafton Galleries, London, 02 Apr 1898–31 Jul 1898
British Empire Exhibition (1924), Empire Stadium, Wembley, 23 Apr 1924–Oct 1925
100 years of Australian painting (1948), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Apr 1948–17 May 1948
A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Sep 1953–25 Oct 1953
19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005
Referenced in 27 publications
Julian Ashton., Daily telegraph, ‘National Art Gallery: The Australian Court’, Sydney, 27 Sep 1905, unknown.
Nicolas Brasch, Horses in Australia: an illustrated history, 'The breed for every need', pg. 204-225, Sydney, 2014, 206-207 (colour illus.).
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.
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. cat.no. 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
Fifty years of Australian art 1879-1929, New South Wales, 1929, 51.
City bushmen: the Heidelberg school and the rural mythology, Melbourne, 1985, 120 (illus.), 128. plate no. 19
Tom Roberts, Melbourne, 1978, 86.
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.
Favourite poems, Sydney, 1992, 9 (illus.).
Now came still evening on, Sydney, 1941, 98.
Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1899, Sydney, 1899. cat.no. 254; Oil Paintings-Australian
A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. cat.no. 54
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.
19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 95 (colour illus.).
Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1893, Sydney, 1893, 107. cat.no. 368; Loan collection to Commissioners of the Chicago Exposition
Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1891, Sydney, 1891, 66. cat.no. 251
The Sydney Morning Herald, 'The Art Society's Exhibition', pg. 4, Sydney, 04 Oct 1889, 4. see copy in Curator's worksheet
Art Society of New South Wales Spring Exhibition Catalogue (1889), Sydney, 1889, 9, 13 (illus.). cat.no. 25; price £84.0.0
Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1888, Sydney, 1888. cat.no. 162; titled 'Rounding Up a Straggler'
150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. cat.no. 750 [Gallery No. 7]
Tales of Old Australia Australian Classic Literature, New South Wales, cover ( illus.).