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Design for National Art Gallery of New South Wales seal: I acquire that I may distribute



  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    ink and watercolour on paper
    12.0 x 9.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    National Art Archive. Art Gallery of New South Wales Institutional Archive
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    John Sands Pty Ltd

    Works in the collection


  • About

    In 1899 the Art Gallery was incorporated by its first act of parliament. Shortly after this, the Gallery decided to ask for designs for a corporate seal. This was resolved at a meeting of the Trust on 19 January 1900. Prizes of £5 (first prize) and £2.10.0 (2nd prize) were offered. The closing date for submissions was 21 February 1900. Thirteen designs were eventually received: G. Icherne [an engraver] one design; C. H. Hunt one design; D. E. Souter two designs; Tom Roberts one design; George Sands three designs. First prize was awarded to D. H. Souter (Beauty and Truth) and C. H. Hunt (marked Thelma). Then at the meeting on 16 March all the decisions of the previous meeting were rescinded and it was decided that the business ‘be brought up again’. The matter then got deferred throughout 1900 and 1901 and seems to have then been forgotten.

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