Dance of the football field
United Kingdom, Australia
28 Aug 1893 - 13 Aug 1977
'Dance of the football field' depicts two Sydney-based rugby league teams during a 1947 match in which the Balmain team (black and yellow) defeated the Manly team (maroon and white) at Brookvale Oval, home to the Manly football club. It is likely that Weaver Hawkins and his sons were in the crowd, as Hawkins lived in Mona Vale, north of Manly, at the time he created this painting.
The artist has signed the painting 'Raokin', an alias which he began to use from 1927, stemming from unwanted publicity as an artist living with severe injuries from World War I.
oil on canvas on cardboard
50.5 x 61.0 cm board; 62.5 x 73.0 x 3.7 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, black oil "Raokin.47.".
Not on display
© Estate of HF Weaver Hawkins
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Third Annual Australian Arts and crafts exhibition (1964), Glenbrook School of Arts, Glenbrook, 17 Apr 1964–18 Apr 1964
Project 11 - Weaver Hawkins (1976), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Feb 1976–14 Mar 1976
Weaver Hawkins retrospective:
Referenced in 4 publications
Daniel Thomas, Project 11: Weaver Hawkins, 'Weaver Hawkins', Sydney, 1976, not paginated. cat.no. 24
Bonhams Australia (Compilator), Important Australian art, 'Important Australian art: lots 1-41', pg. 6-74, Sydney, Aug 2014, 14. Related work: 'Football' 1952 by Weaver Hawkins
S.H. Ervin Gallery, Weaver Hawkins 1893-1977, Sydney, 1995. cat.no. 31; Collection AGNSW
Glenbrook School of Arts, Third Annual Australian Arts and crafts exhibition (1964), Blue Mountains, 1964. no catalogue number