This watercolour dates from Cook's visit to Spain in the 1930s, when he spent most of his time in Catalonia – visiting Lerida, Girona and the Costa Brava. In a catalogue tribute following the artist's death, a former student recalled his particular love of that country. Cook was curator at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 1950–52 and art critic on Sydney's Daily Telegraph from 1954–58; but spent many years devoted to teaching at East Sydney Technical College (the National Art School) during the 1940s and 50s.
pencil, watercolour on ivory wove paper
31.3 x 41.9 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, black ink "JAMES COOK". Not dated.
Not on display
© Reproduced with permission
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Red Cross Coin Catchers Exhibition, Exhibition Venue Unknown, Nov 1943–Nov 1943
Australian watercolours from the National Art Gallery collection 1836-1946, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 May 1946–Jun 1946
Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s:
Referenced in 2 publications
Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 68 (colour illus.), 121. cat.no. 57
Australian watercolours from the National Art Gallery collection 1836 to 1946, Sydney, 1946, 11. cat.no. 37