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Russell Drysdale

England, Australia

07 Feb 1912 - 29 Jun 1981


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia



Media category


Materials used

oil on plywood


76.0 x 101.6 cm board; 97.1 x 122.5 x 5.2 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, red oil "Russell Drysdale". Not dated.


Gift in memory of Hugh Alexander McClure Smith C.V.O. by his wife and daughter 1963

Accession number


Artist information

Russell Drysdale

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 9 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 15 publications


Dennis Colsey and Hal Missingham, One hundred years of Australian landscape painting: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1968, Sydney, 1968, 21 (illus.). 22

Chris Deutscher, Australian modern masters and 19th & 20th century Australian and International Fine Art: Fine Art auction 3 & 4 May 2000, Melbourne, 2000, 82. reference to work in association with lot 40 'Study for The Crucifixion' 1945, pen and ink on paper, 25.0 x 36.5cm, signed with studio stamp l.r. 'Russell Drysdale'; colour illus. of lot 40 on page 82

Russell Drysdale, The paintings of Russell Drysdale: reproducing fifteen plates in colour with an essay by Joseph Burke, 'List of works and owners, 1951', pg.47-52, Sydney, 1951, 51.

Lou Klepac, Russell Drysdale: paintings 1940-72, Sydney, 1985, 9. 17

Anne Gray, Hendrik Kolenberg and Tim Bonyhady, Russell Drysdale, Perth, 1999, 2, 5, 10, 16, 17, 18 (colour illus.), 21. 17

Richard Haese, Rebels and precursors : the revolutionary years of Australian art, 'The new court painters', pg. 257-267, Ringwood, 1981, 264.

Christopher Heathcote, Russell Drysdale: defining the modern Australian landscape, 'Defining the modern Australian landscape', pg. 9-32, Kent Town, 2013, 20 (colour illus.), 56-57 (colour illus.), 85.

Lou Klepac, Russell Drysdale: the drawings, 'Drysdale drawings: Donald Friend and Albury', pg. 13-19, Sydney, 2012, 19.

Lou Klepac, The life and work of Russell Drysdale, 'Drought journey', pg. 79-86, Kensington, 1983, 82, 261 (colour illus.), 367. plate no. 74

Greg McKeon (Editor), Pasture degredation and recovery in Australia's rangelands: learning from history, 'Degradation and recovery episodes in Australia's rangelands: An anthology', pg. 87-172, Queensland, 2004, 121 (colour illus.). plate no. 2.4

Julie Roberts, Uncertain ground: essays between art + nature, 'The edge of the trees at the end of the millennium', pg. 125-141, Sydney, 1999, 138.

Geoffrey Smith, Russell Drysdale 1912-1981, Melbourne, 1997, 94, 95 (colour illus.). 31

Gavin Wilson, The artists of Hill End, 'On the road to Hill End', pg. 29-40, Sydney, 1995, 34 (colour illus.), 36, 118. plate no. 13

Editor Unknown (Editor), Daily telegraph and daily news, Sydney, 26 Jul 1946, pg. no. unknown. Reference and reproduction.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Daily telegraph and daily news, Sydney, 26 Jul 1946, (illus.).