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Circular Quay from Milson's Point



Grace Cossington Smith


1892 - 20 Dec 1984


Grace Cossington Smith visited the site of the Sydney Harbour Bridge many times during its construction, and produced some of the most memorable images of the project in a large number of sketchbook drawings. Her coloured pencil renditions of various aspects of the building express something of the bridge's architectural energy and its central symbolism as a marker of the modern age. This view of the bridge from the North Shore shares many of the elements of her oil painting of 1928-29 'The curve of the bridge', in the Gallery's collection.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia



Media category


Materials used

coloured pencil, crayon


45.7 x 34.1 cm sheet

Signature & date

Signed l.l., black pencil "G. Cossington Smith". Not dated.


Purchased 1967


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Grace Cossington Smith

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 12 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 8 publications


Jane de Teliga, Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1979, 9.

Renée Free, Modernism 1900-1950: prints and drawings from the collection, Sydney, 1994.

Deborah Hart, Grace Cossington Smith, 'The curve of the bridge', pg. 130-133, Canberra, 2005, 132 (colour illus.), 176.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 12, 40, 41 (colour illus.). 28

Denise Mimmocchi, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Icon of modernity: the Sydney Harbour Bridge', pg. 154-163, Sydney, 2013, 158 (colour illus.), 315, 324.

Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 510-521, Sydney, Jan 1970, 517 (illus.), 521.

Kay Vernon, Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Sydney, 1990. 54

John Williams, Quarantined Culture: Aust Reactions to Modernism, Sydney, 1995, 85, 197, 210, 211, 246.