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Mon ami 'Polite



John Russell


16 Jun 1858 - 22 Apr 1930


Other Title

Père Polyte

Place where the work was made

Belle-Ile Brittany France



Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


54.6 x 65.4 cm stretcher; 52.5 x 63.5 cm sight edge; 72.5 x 83.5 x 6.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.l., oil "John Russell/ ... 1900".


Purchased 1966

Accession number


Artist information

John Russell

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 8 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 9 publications


Christie's, Australia Pty. Ltd. (Compilator), Christie's Australia: Australian and International Paintings, Sydney, Aug 2003, 120. lot no. 100; a related painting to the AGNSW's 'Mon ami 'Polite' is reproduced in colour on page 121, titled 'Belle-Île, Le Père Polyte (Polyte pêcheur)', oil on canvas, 65.4 x 81.5cm, not dated.

Sarah Engledow, Impressions: painting light & life, Catalogue essay, pg. 7-16, Canberra, 2011, 132 (caption), 133 (colour illus.). 58

Anne Gray, The Edwardians: secrets and desires, 'The Edwardians', pg. 10-71, Canberra, 2004, 22 (colour illus.), 219 (colour illus.). 115; also titled '(Père Polyte)'

Alan McCulloch, The golden age of Australian painting - Impressionism and the Heidelberg school, Melbourne, 1969, 169 (colour illus.).

Geoff Moffett (Editor), Sporting Doctor Magazine, Sydney, Sep 1996, 56. PS Worksheet 485

Ursula Prunster, Belle-Île: Monet, Russell & Matisse in Brittany, 'Painting Belle-Île', pg.19-47, Sydney, 2001, 34-35, 92 (colour illus.). 21

Sebastian Smee, Look, 'Belle-Île: island of great painters, unreal colours, brutal weather and modest, kind locals', pg. 20-23, Melbourne, Nov 2001, 22 (colour illus.).

Donald Finley, John Peter Russell 1858-1931: Australian impressionist, London, 1965. 19

Editor Unknown (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, Sydney, Jan 1966, 275 (illus.). Article by Daniel Thomas.