recto: Studies of old men, man in a hat sleeping verso: Study of old man, Lidcombe Hospital
05 Jan 1911 - 23 Nov 1946
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
pencil, pen and blue ink on ivory laid paper
10.4 x 12.6 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 1 publication
Andrew Sayers, Eric Wilson, Newcastle, 1983, 53 (illus.). cat.no: 51