Paintings & Drawings

  • # 28404

    PARSONS Elizabeth (1831-1897)

    Untitled [Bush scene with waterfall]. 1881.

    Watercolour on paper, 240 x 345 mm (image and sheet), signed and dated in image l.r. ‘E. Parsons 1881’; a few tiny surface abrasions, otherwise very good condition; laid down on its original board mount, with a later gilt frame. Elizabeth Parsons (1831-1897) – also known as Mrs. George Parsons – was a significant but …

  • # 29225

    GREGORY, George Frederick (1821-1887) (artist); NOBLE, Timothy (photographer)

    Scene of the Wreck “Loch Ard”. Photo’d for the Proprietors of the New Sensation Confectionery Depot, 30 Victoria Arcade, from an original Painting by Gregory, in their possession.

    [Circa 1878]. Albumen print photograph of an artwork, carte de visite format, 63 x 101 mm, recto with imprint of ‘T. Noble & Co. Photo. 81 Bourke St. East’; verso with Noble’s elaborate studio back mark covered by the publisher’s printed label worded: ‘Scene of the Wreck “Loch Ard”. Photo’d for the Proprietors of the New …

  • # 27953

    FULLWOOD, Albert Henry (1863 - 1930)

    Study for Chalk Pits, Sussex, c. 1906

    Oil on board, 253 x 354 mm, signed ‘AF’ lower right, framed. A. H. Fullwood was born in Birmingham, England in 1863, migrating to Sydney in 1883. He worked on the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia between 1883-86, and painted with Heidelberg School artists Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton at their camp at Sirius Cove in Sydney. The …

  • # 28883

    GILL, Samuel Thomas (1818 - 1880)


    Watercolour, 220 x 335 mm, signed lower left S.T.G. and inscribed in pencil ‘Xmas ’67’ inscribed ‘Baby’ lower right, light scattered foxing, otherwise fine. Framed. By the 1860s S. T. Gill was a famed local artist, returning to Melbourne in 1864 after a period in Sydney. Gill’s depictions of life on the Victorian goldfields in …

  • # 28892

    GOODCHILD, John C. (1898 - 1980)

    Old houses, Greenford.

    Watercolour, 245 x 370 mm, signed lower right, framed. Atmospheric English scene by the South Australian artist. Goodchild’s works are held in major Australian galleries, the Library of Congress, Washington, and the British Museum, London.

  • # 28552

    SYKES, F.

    Lake Wanaka, N. Z.

    [Title from artist’s caption beneath image]. [Probably 1900-1920]. Graphite on gilt-edged white card in cabinet format, 114 x 176 mm, lower margin signed by the artist ‘F. Sykes’; in excellent condition. An attractive original drawing by an early twentieth-century amateur artist of Lake Wānaka in the Otago district of New Zealand’s South Island.

  • # 27951

    GLEESON, James (1915 - 2008)

    Untitled, 1958

    Also known as ‘Surreal Study of an Artist at Work’. Oil on board, 200 x 145 mm, signed lower right. Painted 1958. Inscribed verso ‘To Dear Honoria and Edouardo from Giovanni, 1958′. A rare and important example of Gleeson’s surrealism, gifted to Edward M. Smith and his wife Honor with an affectionate and playful inscription in …

  • # 28164

    HARING, Keith (1958-1990)

    A collection of Keith Haring drawings and ephemera.

    In 1984, international pop artist celebrity Keith Haring was invited to Australia where he created a series of monumental and ephemeral murals in public spaces, including the famous water wall of the National Gallery of Victoria. Haring befriended Geoffrey Burke, assistant curator at the National Gallery, who documented Haring’s creation in a series of candid …

  • # 28359

    SUNDELIUS, [?]

    Original drawing of a street scene in Honolulu, Hawaii, dated 1907.

    Graphite on paper, 100 x 140 mm (image), 140 x 200 mm (sheet); signed and dated in the image lower left ‘Sundelius 07’ and captioned in the image lower right ‘Street corner in Honolulu’; unmounted; toning and very light creasing at margins, otherwise fine.  

  • # 27326

    OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul (1888 - 1960)

    When HE goes back to town

    Pen and ink on card, 420 x 280 mm, signed in full ‘Ida S. Rentoul”, titled in the image, framed. A stunning large format drawing with intricate penwork, illustrating two lovers separated by distance, in a uniquely Australian setting. This exquisite drawing is a fine example of Ida Sherbourne Rentoul’s skill with pen and ink, …

  • # 25914

    KOONS, Jeff (1955 - )

    Balloon rabbit (red); balloon swan (yellow); balloon monkey (blue)

    Limoges : Bernardaud, 2017. Edition of 999 copies. Three porcelain multiples, measurements: 241 x 164 x 210 mm (swan);  249 x 209 x 392 mm (monkey); 292 x 139 x 210 mm (rabbit), each with stamped signature, title, date and numbering on the underside, with the Bernardaud blindstamp, in original, as new condition, with the original boxes …

  • # 27043

    WHITELEY, Brett (1939 - 1992)

    The Fish River, 1979

    Synthetic polymer paint, gouache and ink on paper on paper, laid on card, 210 x 130 mm (paper); 235 x 135 mm (card), inscribed with title and dated lower right: the fish river/July 19/79, stamped lower right with artist’s monogram, inscription verso: Abell / Steinhoff NOV 80, housed in a hand gilded frame. ‘For six months, from winter …

  • # 26814

    ROBERTSON-SWANN, Ron (1941 - )

    Vault, 1978 (2012)

    Painted stainless steel, 75cm length. Edition 8/12. An icon of Melbourne public art. ‘On 1st May 1980, Ron Robertson-Swann’s Vault made its way to Melbourne’s new City Square. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the sculpture’s installation. Almost immediately after its installation, the backlash against Vault was rife.  Journalists, cartoonists, and columnists, among others, surged to …

  • # 26776

    JACKS, Robert (1943 - 2014)

    Summer Tower 2001

    Oil on linen, 92 x 92 cm, signed, titled, and dated V 2001 verso. A fine canvas in bright colours showcasing his distinctive cello motif. In 2015 the National Gallery of Victoria hosted a major retrospective of the life and work of the artist titled Order and Variation: ‘This exhibition represents the first large-scale retrospective of …

  • # 26629

    JACKS, Robert (1943 - 2014)

    Cello (1996)

    Cast bronze, 330 mm tall, signed on base and edition 2 of 6. The cello motif was a recurring theme in Jacks’ work for many years. Referencing Man Ray’s Le Violon d’Ingres (1924), the form echoes the female figure. Provenance : the estate of the late Robert Jacks.

  • # 26770

    JOHNSTONE, O'SHANNESSY & CO.; CURTIS, James Waltham, colourist (attributed)

    Miss Motherwell and Miss Champ (afterwards Lady Philp), bridesmaids to Fanny McGaw.

    [Title from inscription on accompanying window mount]. [Melbourne. January, 1869]. Albumen print photograph overpainted in oils, carte de visite format, 102 x 62 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘Johnstone, O’Shannessy & Co., Artist Photographers, 3 Bourke St. East, Next the Post Office, Melbourne’; the print, including the overpainted sections, is in fine condition, while …