Paintings & Drawings

  • # 35480

    PLIMER, Nathaniel, 1757-1822, attributed

    A portrait miniature of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Brisbane, sixth Governor of New South Wales, 1821-1825

    A fine portrait of a distinguished administrator whose political and social legacies were of immense importance in the shaping of the Colony of New South Wales. Portraits of such significant early Australian figures are of the utmost rarity.  [Attributed to Nathaniel Plimer, probably 1803-1804]. Portrait on ivory, in its original nine-carat gold mount, 70 x 53 mm; verso of …

  • # 34905

    LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)

    Called up

    Created circa 1944. Ink and wash on paper, 530 x 335 mm, signed lower right, mounted with caption below ‘CALLED UP. “Miss Liberty, you are in a non-essential occupation. You are directed to report again after R-Day for service in Bourke or a pickle-factory’. The 1916 and 1917 referendum for conscription in Australia were highly …

  • # 34897

    RAMSAY, Dennis (1925 - 2009)

    Trompe-l’œil study of Melbourne Cup Winner Rogan Josh

    Oil on board, 61 x 46 cm, signed lower left and dated MIM (in error, instead of MCMXCIX, for 1999). A fine trompe-l’œil study of Melbourne Cup Winner Rogan Josh, who won the race in 1999. Dennis Ramsay was a Scottish-born Australian artist who trained with Italian master Pietro Annigoni in the 1950s. He is …

  • # 35159

    Anon.

    An 1860s sketchbook containing two original watercolours of Australian scenes, plus six other works (most after illustrations in “Punch”).

    Artist’s sketchbook. Oblong octavo, 145 x 230 mm, half burgundy morocco ruled in gilt (corners a little worn) over marbled papered boards (marked and rubbed), spine with gilt bands (scuffed), marbled endpapers, marbled edges; [36] leaves, of which [8] have a full-page watercolour to the recto (none of the works is signed). The first two rectos …

  • # 34999

    Anon.

    Anatomical drawings (male form), circa 1930.

    Watercolour on artist’s paper, 220 x 90 mm (each image), 235 x 340 mm (sheet); creasing and short tears at right-hand margin of sheet, a small stain and roughening along the left-hand edge, and a mild crease and tiny edge tears at bottom edge centre; unmounted. A well executed pair of “X-ray style” anatomical drawings, …

  • # 34733

    GLEESON, James (1915 - 2008)

    The Home-coming of Agamemnon

    Oil on canvas, 133 x 178 cms, signed lower left and dated 2001, original gallery label from Watters Gallery on stretcher bar, titled and signed by the artist on the stretcher bar, framed in gold timber. ‘Renowned as Australia’s foremost surrealist painter and poet, James Gleeson’s oeuvre explores the human condition beyond visible reality and …

  • # 32148

    STAINFORTH, Martin (1866-1957)

    The Shepherd’s surprise

    Watercolour on card, 252 x 352 mm, signed lower left; small area of loss to lower right corner (10 x 20 mm) with infill, framed in timber with textured silver finish. A fine romantic watercolour depicting the moment a lone shepherd happens upon a young maiden lost in the woods. Martin Stainforth was an English-born artist …

  • # 34682

    GIBSON, Lavinia (née Featherstone) (1823-1888)

    Commonplace book of Lavinia Gibson (Featherstone), wife of Hugh Gibson of Glenample Station, southwest Victoria, containing important ephemera relating to the Loch Ard shipwreck, including the earliest known eyewitness sketch of the disaster scene (by F. H. Bruford, customs officer) and an autograph signed note by Eva Carmichael (Townshend), one of the only two survivors.

    Small quarto album (235 x 190 mm), original binding of embossed burgundy morocco ruled in gilt (boards a trifle scuffed), spine decorated in gilt; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers; first blank with a gift inscription to Lavinia Featherstone (later Gibson) from Annabella Helen Gibson (later Sloane), her future sister-in-law, dated 1 January 1855: ‘Give me …

  • # 34420

    FISCHER, [A.]mandus [J.]ulius (1859-1948)

    Kangaroos by a bush stream

    Watercolour, c. 1900, 160 x 260 mm, signed lower right, framed. Amandus Julius Fischer (who signed his work in a variety of ways, including the more common ‘Alf Fischer’, was born at Orphir, N.S.W. and studied art at the Westminster School of Art, London; l’Académie Julian, Paris; and Colarossi, Paris. From 1883 he exhibited at the Royal …

  • # 34579

    SLATER, Edwin W.

    Lady Amherst’s pheasant

    Watercolour and gouache on artist’s paper, 200 x 330 mm (sheet), artist’s monogram in the image at lower centre, date ‘1961’ lower right; verso inscribed by the artist ‘Lady Amherst Pheasant’ [sic], with the date ’26.VIII.’61’; a few marks at corners and top edge, not affecting image; unmounted and unframed. Edwin W. Slater was born …

  • # 34578

    SLATER, Edwin W.

    Crowned crane

    Pencil on card, 150 x 120 mm (image), 255 x 160 mm (sheet); artist’s monogram in the image lower right, and date ‘Melb. Jan. ’39’ lower left, with caption beneath; verso inscribed by the artist ‘A more finished pencil drawing, from the original sketch [made] in Melbourne Zoo’, and below it the artist’s name and address: …

  • # 34577

    SLATER, Edwin W.

    Eagle

    Pencil on card, 210 x 120 mm (image), 270 x 175 mm (sheet); artist’s monogram and caption in the image lower right, and date ‘Melb. Jan. ’39’ lower left; verso inscribed by the artist ‘A more finished pencil drawing, taken from the original sketch [made] in Melbourne Zoo’, and below it the artist’s name and address: …

  • # 34576

    SLATER, Edwin W.

    Caricatures of anthropomorphic apes.

    Pen and ink on card, 320 x 250 mm (sheet); signed and dated by the artist lower right ‘E. W. Slater 1902’; verso with the artist’s wet stamp ‘E. W. Slater, Broad Street, Whittlesea’ (Cambridgeshire, U.K.); water staining along the left-hand edge; unmounted and unframed. Edwin W. Slater was born in England in 1875 and …

  • # 34574

    SLATER, Edwin W.

    Parakeet

    Pen and ink on card, 150 x 120 mm (image), 270 x 205 mm (sheet); artist’s monogram in the image lower right, captioned by the artist lower in the image ‘Parakeet’ [sic]; verso inscribed by the artist with the date: ‘11.1.41’; in fine condition, unmounted and unframed. Edwin W. Slater was born in England in …

  • # 33623

    GILFILLAN, John Gordon (1839-1875), attributed

    Lamb Hill, Wanganui. From nearly north east.

    Wood engraving, 165 x 230 mm (image), 200 x 260 mm (sheet); titled in the image Lamb Hill Wanganui, with subtitle in contemporary manuscript From nearly north east; initialled in the image lower left J.G.G.; light edge wear, else very good condition; unmounted. An early wood-engraved view of the first Lamb Hill homestead, Warrengate, done around 1865 by …

  • # 33244

    ISE, Sadatake (1717 - 1784)

    Token zu [刀剣図]

    Manuscript watercolour album in Japanese binding of cards with title label (rubbed and worn), 27.5 x 19 cms, 11 double page leaves illustrated in watercolour of Japanese swords, small Japanese collector’s stamp, a few old wormholes and paper repairs, a very good example. Ise Sadatake was a historian and author of a number of books …