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The music lesson



Sydney Long

Australia, England

20 Aug 1871 - 23 Jan 1955


Other Title

The flute player



Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


71.7 x 51.4 cm stretcher; 94.7 x 74.3 x 3.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, brown oil "SID LONG.". Not dated.


Purchased 1969


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Sydney Long

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 9 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 16 publications


Laurie Duggan, Ghost nation: imagined space and Australian visual culture 1901-1939, 'Seedless flowers', pg. 37-42, St. Lucia, 2001, 41-42, (illus.). NOTE: Reproduced between pages 136-137.

Geoffrey Dutton, The Art Gallery of South Australia Festival Exhibitions 1974, 'The Australian Aborigine portrayed in art', pg. 34-41, Adelaide, 1974, 36, 39 (colour illus.), 40. 58, titled 'The flute player'

Geoffrey Dutton, White on black: the Australian Aborigine portrayed in art, Melbourne, 1974, (colour illus.).

Deborah Edwards, Stampede of the Lower Gods: Classical Mythology in Australian Art, 'The Antipodean Arcady / 'When Pan purloined Apollo's lyre'', pg. 8-31, Sydney, Sep 1989, 11, 15, 16 (illus.), 63.

Anne Gray, Australia, 'Art nation: Australian landscape 1880-1920', pg. 146-183, London, 2013, 152 (colour illus.). 30

Anne Gray, Sydney Long: the spirit of the land, 'The spirit of the land', pg. 45-70, Canberra, 2012, 54, 55 (colour illus., detail), 56, 58, 60, 69, 106 (colour illus.), 107, 121, 124, 182. 19

Elizabeth Lawson, Birds, Canberra, 1999, 10.

Robert Lindsay., Aspects of Australian Art: Art Gallery of New South Wales travelling art exhibition 1976, 'Sydney Long', Sydney, 1976, (illus.). 17; not paginated

Helen McDonald, Erotic ambiguities: the female nude in art, 'Historical ambiguity', pg. 53-74, London, 2001, 71, 72 (illus.), 73.

Denise Mimmocchi, Australian Collection Focus: Sydney Long - Pan, 'Sydney Long: Pan', pg. 1-12, Sydney, 2009, 10 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce, Australian Artists, Australian Birds, North Ryde, 1989, 93 (colour illus.). plate no. 76

Ursula Prunster, Australian arcady: Landscape paintings from the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection, Sydney, 1983. 17; not paginated

Ron Radford, Our country: Australian Federation landscape 1900-1914, 'The symbolic landscape', pg. 60-92, Adelaide, 2001, 88.

Ron Radford, Ladies in Landscapes, 'Ladies in landscapes', Ballarat, 1974, (colour illus.). 19; not paginated

Helen Silk and Tom Silk (Compilators), A new beginning: the story of three first fleeters and descendants. Addenda 2 compiled March 2004, Longueville, Mar 2004, 34 (colour illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Acquisitions for 1969', pg. 538, Sydney, Jul 1970, 540 (illus.), 541. plate no. 7