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Eric Wilson


05 Jan 1911 – 23 Nov 1946

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    pencil on ivory wove paper
    10.4 x 12.6 cm sheet (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased 1958
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Eric Wilson

    Artist profile

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Eric Wilson was in London on the NSW Travelling Art Scholarship when the outbreak of the Second World War forced his return to Australia. His studies in Europe led his work in two directions - cubist-inspired abstract still lifes and portraits and landscapes based on drawings made in Europe.

    Wilson was a conscientious objector during the war and worked as a ward attendant at Lidcombe Hospital in Sydney between 1942 and 1944. He made a number of emotionally expressive studies of the residents in Wards 27 and 28, which housed approximately ninety patients each, most suffering either advanced senility or terminal illness. The drawings led to a painting in the Gallery's collection, 'The inmates' 1944.

    Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Andrew Sayers, Eric Wilson, Newcastle, 1983, 54 (illus.). cat no. 54

Other works by Eric Wilson

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