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Reinforcements: troops marching

(circa 1917)


Grace Cossington Smith


1892 - 20 Dec 1984


Other Titles

Soldiers marching


Troops marching

Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


(circa 1917)

Media category


Materials used

oil on paper on hardboard


23.7 x 21.5 cm board; 37.0 x 34.2 x 3.4 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, black ink "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 27 publications


Mark Anderson and Paul Ashton, Australian history and citizenship, 'Australia and World War I', pg. 70-103, South Yarra, 2000, 94 (colour illus.). source 2.45; NSW Secondary School History syllabus

Betty Churcher, The art of war, 'The birth of a legend', pg. 1-47, Carlton, 2004, 2, 3 (colour illus.), 4, 177.

Alan Davies, Judith Ainge and Howard Tanner, An Edwardian summer: Sydney & beyond through the lens of Arthur Wigram Allen, Sydney, 2010, 132 (colour illus., detail).

Mary Eagle, Australian Modern Painting Between the Wars 1914-1939, 'Light in Sydney', pg. 30-41, Sydney, 1989, 35, 37 (colour illus.). plate no. 22

Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 8-14, Sydney, 1986, 11, 24 (illus.). 24; titled 'Soldiers marching'

Deborah Edwards., Australian Collection Focus: Grace Cossington Smith The Lacquer Room 1935-36, 'Secular light and the curve of the chairs', Sydney, 1999.

Deborah Hart, Grace Cossington Smith, 'A room of her own', pg. 11-25, Canberra, 2005, 14, 22, 144 (colour illus.), 145, 174.

Bruce James, Grace Cossington Smith, 'Deliberate frightfulness', pg. 41-52, Sydney, 1990, 42, 43 (colour illus.), 44-47, 53, 161. plate no. 11

Bruce James, Australian painters of the twentieth century, 'Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 40-51, Sydney, 2000, 43.

Bruce James, Sydney moderns: art for a new world, 'Writing colour: from Mrs van Gogh to Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 34-37, Sydney, 2013, 36 (colour illus.), 316.

Brian Ladd, The Artist & the City, 'Introduction', pg. 4-5, Sydney, 1983, 4, 6, 10 (colour illus.). 2

Macquarie Galleries, Pioneer contemporaries: Roy de Maistre, Grace Cossington Smith, Roland Wakelin, Sydney, 1960. 14; titled 'Trooping marching'; dated 1916

John McDonald, Federation: Australian art and society 1901-2001, Canberra, 2000, 125 (colour illus.).

Drusilla Modjeska, Stravinsky's lunch, 'To Paint What She Saw: Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 203-334, Sydney, 1999, (colour illus.). plate no. 19

Drusilla Modjeska, Brought to Light: Australian Art 1850–1965 from the Queensland Art Gallery collection, 'A Singular Portrait. Grace Cossington Smith Portrait of a man', pg. 120-123, Brisbane, 1998, 123.

Roslyn Russell and Bridget Guthrie (Curators), The view from 1919: a century of the Tamworth Regional Gallery collection, 'The view from 1919', pg. 5-11, Tamworth, 2019, 10 (colour illus.), 20.

John Slater, Through artists' eyes: Australian suburbs and their cities 1919-1945, 'The city observed to the city experienced', pg. 71-100, Melbourne, 2004, 100 (colour illus.). 82

Susannah Smith, Look, 'Women's work: their diverse and significant contribution to the modernist art scene', pg. 13-15, Sydney, Aug 2013, 14.

Catherine Speck, Painting ghosts: Australian women artists in wartime, Melbourne, 2004, 57 (colour illus.), 96, 229. 25

Catherine Speck, Beyond the battlefield: Women artists of the two world wars, London, 2014, 50 (colour illus.), 278.

Peter Stanley, Digger Smith and Australia's Great War: ordinary name--extraordinary stories, 'The Smiths and conscription', pg. 126-134, Sydney, 2011, 126 (colour illus.), 358.

Daniel Thomas, Creating Australia: 200 years of art 1788-1988, 'Twentieth-Century Art: Culture', pg.146, Melbourne, 1988, 149 (colour illus.), 247. Incorrectly titled 'Troops marching 1917'.

Daniel Thomas, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Grace Cossington Smith', pg. 510-521, Sydney, Jan 1970, 512, 513 (illus.), 517. titled 'Soldiers marching'

Richard Travers, To paint a war: The lives of the Australian artists who painted the Great War, 1914-1918, Port Melbourne, 2017, 152 (colour illus.).

Roland Wakelin, Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, 'Post Impressionism in Sydney: Some personal recollections', pg. 91-95, Sydney, Jan 1962, 92. titled 'Reinforcements'

John Williams, Quarantined Culture: Aust Reactions to Modernism, Sydney, 1995.

1967 Acquisitions, Sydney, 1967, 19. 22