Trees of the forest that brave the frosts and the fires
1873 - 1956
Born in New Zealand, John Salvana studied at the Art Society in Sydney in 1897 and in 1912 under Frank Calderon (1865-1943) in London. Later he was a theatre artist in Brisbane.
The title of this work is from Adam Lindsay Gordon's poem 'From lightning and tempest' in 'Sea spray and smoke drift' (1867). Many nineteenth century Australian artists turned to contemporary Australian poetry for titles to their works and were called upon to provide illustrations to poetry and prose in the periodicals of the time. Gordon (1833-70) was a popular poet in the 1890s, before his untimely death, by suicide.
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
Trees of the forest - (that brave the frost and the fires)
black, white and grey gouache
50.7 x 27.5 cm sheet; 78.7 x 54.5 x 3.3 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, black gouache "John Salvana"
Not on display
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Nineteenth Annual Exhibition of the Art Society of New South Wales (1898), Society Rooms, Union Chambers, Sydney, 1898 -
Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection (1991), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 1991–07 Jul 1991
19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005
The View from 1919, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth, 01 Jun 2019–28 Jul 2019
Referenced in 3 publications
Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 136 (colour illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg, Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1991. cat.no. 69
Author Unknown, Art Society of New South Wales Nineteenth Annual Exhibition Catalogue, Sydney, 1898, 31 (illus., pen and ink drawing). cat.no. 274