Skip to content

Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. In line with decisions made by the National Cabinet as communicated by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, the Gallery is observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of all visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), including timed-entry tickets. More information




Australian art

View More:


Lion's head in a cave and rainbow



Arthur Boyd

Australia, England

24 Jul 1920 - 24 Apr 1999


Other Title

Nebuchadnezzar & white lion in a cave



Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


175.4 x 183.3 cm stretcher; 196.5 x 205.5 x 5.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed lower right, red oil "Arthur Boyd". Not dated.


Gift of Fraser Hopkins 2010. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Arthur Boyd

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 10 publications


T.S.R. Boase, Nebuchadnezzar, 18 drawings and 34 paintings, London, 1972, (colour illus.). plate no. 40

Darleen Bungey, Arthur Boyd: A life, Sydney, 2007, 426-436. General reference (Nebuchadnezzar)

Christie's, Australia Pty. Ltd. (Editor), Christie's Melbourne: Australian and European Paintings, Part I, Melbourne, 29 Apr 1996, 55 (colour illus.). lot no. 68

Dr Ursula Hoff, The art of Arthur Boyd, 'The art of Arthur Boyd: 1959-1971', London, 1986, 55, 58 (colour illus.), 243. plate no. 92; dated 1966-69; titled 'Lion's head in a cave and rainbow'; Formerly private collection, Scotland

Elwyn Lynn, Bulletin, 'Revelations by expatriates', pg. 72, Sydney, 20 Apr 1968, 72. General reference (Nebuchadnezzar)

Patrick McCaughey., Age, 'The Triumph', Melbourne, 25 Jun 1968. General reference (Nebuchadnezzar)

Robert Melville, New statesman, 'Nebuchadnezzar', pg. 597, London, 25 Apr 1969, 597. General reference (Nebuchadnezzar)

Helen Rayment, Australian modernism: the complexity and the diversity, North Caulfield, 1992, 27 (colour illus.). 34

T G Rosenthal., Retrospective exhibition of paintings, drawings and other work by Arthur Boyd: 14 April to 10 May 1969, 'The art of Arthur Boyd', Edinburgh, 1969. 32; titled 'Nebuchadnezzar & white lion in a cave'; Note painting was not for sale & possibly to be used as cartoons for tapestries.

Jane Wynter (Editor), Foundation Newsletter #17, 'Benefactors dinner 5 August', Sydney, Dec 2010.