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The dawn of a new age



Bertram Mackennal

Australia, England, France

12 Jun 1863 - 10 Oct 1931


Other Title

Dawn of a new age



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75.5 x 33.0 x 45.0 cm figure (incl. base - one piece); 33.0 x 45.0 cm oval base (irreg.)

Signature & date

Signed and dated on base below standing figure's right foot, incised "B.MacKennal/ 1924".


Gift of Mrs DV Ritchie 1951


Not on display

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Artist information

Bertram Mackennal

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 12 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 18 publications


Susan Beattie, The New Sculpture, London, 1983, 234 (illus.).

Deborah Edwards, Bertram Mackennal: Catalogue raisonné, Sydney, 2007, (colour illus.). Artworks: Sculptures: 1920s

Deborah Edwards, Bertram Mackennal: the fifth Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Project, Sydney, 2007, 11, 79, 80 (colour illus.),118, 119 (colour illus., detail).

Deborah Edwards., Australian sculpture 1890-1919, 'Australian sculpture 1890-1919', Sydney, 1987, (illus.). no catalogue numbers; not paginated

Beatrice Gullström, Alison Hissey, Elizabeth Horne, Carola Krueger, Peter Sawbridge and Nick Tite, Genius and ambition: The Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1768-1918, 'Australian artists at Burlington House', pg. 164-197, London, 2014, 192 (colour illus.), 206. 123

Luke Herrmann, Royal Academy diploma works, 1921-1981: A selection of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture from the diploma collections of the Royal Academy of Arts, Leicester, 1982. 59

Noel Hutchinson, Early Australian sculpture, from its beginnings up to circa 1920, 'The Indigenes', Ballarat, 1977. 22

Macquarie Galleries, Exhibition of bronzes by Sir Bertram Mackennal K.C.V.O, Sydney, 1926. 4; priced 200 gns

William Moore., Daily telegraph, 'The artworld', Sydney, 12 Jun 1925.

Royal Academy of Arts, The Royal Academy illustrated, 1924, London, 1924, 84 (illus.). NOTE: the illustration is a plaster sketch of artwork.

Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Academy of Arts commemorative exhibition of works by late members: winter exhibition, fifty-second year 1933., London, 1933. 180

Royal Academy of Arts, The Royal Academy illustrated, 1925, London, 1925. 1417; NOTE: Diploma work RA bronze

Robin Rhona Tranter, Bertram Mackennal: A career, Cremorne, 2004, 155, 156.

Sydney Ure Smith and Leon Gellert (Editors), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 11], Sydney, Mar 1925, 27 (illus.).

Royal Academy summer exhibition (1924), London, 1924. 1442; probably plaster

Lawsons, Sydney: 10-11 April 1951, Sydney, 1951. lot 157

Lawsons: 24 July 1951, Sydney, 1951. lot no. 245; titled 'Bronze group of two figures'

Editor Unknown (Editor), Sydney mail, Sydney, 10 Feb 1926, 29 (illus.).