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Returning from the garden

(circa 1906)


Rupert Bunny

Australia, France

29 Sep 1864 - 25 May 1947


Other Title

Retour du Jardin

Place where the work was made

Paris France


(circa 1906)

Media category


Materials used

oil on paperboard


91.7 x 62.7 cm board; 115.0 x 85.5 x 10.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, dark pink oil "Rupert CW Bunny". Not dated.


Purchased 1911

Accession number


Artist information

Rupert Bunny

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 10 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 14 publications


Mary Eagle, Rupert Bunny: An Australian in Paris, Parkes, 1991, 17.

Deborah Edwards, Rupert Bunny: artist in Paris, 'From fin de siécle to belle époque', pg. 31- 101., Sydney, 2009, 73, 80 (colour illus.), 204 (colour illus.). 18

Sarah Engledow, Impressions: painting light & life, Catalogue essay, pg. 7-16, Canberra, 2011, 13, 162 (caption), 163 (colour illus.). 73

Anne Gray, The Edwardians: secrets and desires, Canberra, 2004, 147 (colour illus.). 11

Barry Pearce, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Introduction: Convergent Spirits', pg. 10-19, Sydney, 2002, 15, 21 (colour illus.), 26, 142, 147.

Bernard William Smith and Terry Smith, Australian painting 1788-1990, 'Exodus 1881-1919', pg. 126-166, South Melbourne, 1991, 147 (illus.). illus. no. 85

David Thomas, The life and art of Rupert Bunny: A catalogue raisonne Vol. 2, Port Melbourne, 2017, 36-37. O225

David Thomas, Rupert Bunny, 'The New Salons', pg. 40-62, East Melbourne, 1970, 26, 27 (colour illus.), 54-55, 64, 115. plate no. 8

David Thomas, Rupert Bunny Retrospective, 'Introduction', Newcastle, 1968, not paginated. 3

David Thomas, The life and art of Rupert Bunny: A catalogue raisonne Vol. 1, Port Melbourne, 2017, 142 (colour illus.). O225

David Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Rupert Bunny', pg. 550-575, Sydney, Oct 1970, 549 (cover illus.), 550, 553.

Sue-Anne Wallace, Ron Ramsey and Mary Eagle, Rupert Bunny: An Australian in Paris, Parkes, 1991.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Daily telegraph, 'Australian artists at the Royal Academy', Sydney, 12 Aug 1907, page unknown. Work titled 'Retour du Jardin' and described in detail.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Daily telegraph, Sydney, 01 Sep 1911, (illus.). page unknown; illustrated with three other works which were bought at the same time by AGNSW, but returned in part payment for 'A summer morning'