Paintings & Drawings

  • # 31913

    DOBELL, William (1899 - 1970)

    Study for Portrait (Peter Burns c. 1943)

    Oil on card, signed and titled centre right W. Dobell / Study / for Portrait, 38 x 30 cm, finely framed in period style. After several formative years spent in London, the mid-career Dobell returned to Sydney in 1938, just prior to the war. The next few years saw him produce some of his finest …

  • # 26864

    HOOD, John 1839-1924, colourist (attributed); DURYEA, Townsend 1823-1888, photographer (attributed)

    Painted photographic portrait of a wealthy lady in mourning. Adelaide, circa 1864.

    Albumen print photograph overpainted in oils, 123 x 116 mm, laid down on its original wood mount; in fine condition; unfortunately the original frame is now lost, the back of which, according to the previous owner, bore the printed label of the photographic studio of Townsend Duryea, 66 & 68 King William Street, Adelaide. The …

  • # 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 …

  • # 31442

    SABIN, S.P.

    Sketch of coolies carrying twist, Hong Kong, circa 1900.

    Graphite on artist’s paper, 137 x 206 mm (sheet), captioned by the artist in the upper margin ‘Hongkong Coolies carrying Twist’; scattered foxing; mounted on a section of a page removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a P. & O. officer who served on various ships in the …

  • # 29546

    BATEMAN, Piers (1947 - 2015)

    Bush scene, Kangaroo Ground

    Oil on board, 33 x 22 cm, gold frame, signed lower right. Painted with thick impasto oils, this scene through the trees was painted near Bateman’s studio in Kangaroo Ground near Melbourne. Piers Batemen began painting the Australian landscape since the 1960s when he studied painting under Arthur Boyd in London. He held a number …

  • # 30794

    FOX, Ethel Carrick (1872 - 1952)

    On the river

    Oil on canvas, 265 x 365 mm, unsigned, finely framed by Philip Tregear of Melbourne. Expertly cleaned to museum standards by the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation in 2020. A fine original work depicting a scenic river in Europe, executed on one of the artist’s many travels.   Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity …

  • # 30735

    After George Frankland (British, 1800–1838)

    Governor Davey’s Proclamation to the Aborigines, 1816.

    [Circa 1890]. Watercolour and ink on paper, 400 x 235 mm (image), 460 x 290 mm (sheet), with calligraphic caption in black ink at head of image (erroneously attributing the Proclamation to Governor Davey) surmounting four illustrations separated by ink-ruled lines; these pictorial sequences are intended to be read from bottom to top, and they …

  • # 30359

    BIRD, I. (?)


    Pen and ink drawing, 210 x 242 mm, titled lower centre, signed lower right ‘I. Bird’ (?), pale foxing, early twentieth century frame. A fine and detailed nineteenth century drawing of a great English thoroughbred and influential sire in Australian horseracing history, the sire of the great Carbine. ‘Musket (1867–1885) was an English-bred Thoroughbred racehorse …

  • # 28407

    "R. A. W."

    Group of watercolour views of the Blue Mountains, Glen Alice, Umbiella and King’s Tableland (Great Dividing Range, New South Wales), 1917-1920.

    A group of six large-format watercolour views of the spectacular landscape on the western side of the Blue Mountains – a truly magical corner of the world. Made between 1917 and 1920 by a competent amateur artist identified only by the initials “R. A. W.”, the watercolours are contained in a sketch book, 270 x 370 …

  • # 30707

    O'GRADY, Frederick Standish, 6th Viscount Guillamore (1847-1927)

    [NEW ZEALAND] Commonplace album of Frederick Standish O’Grady, 6th Viscount Guillamore, 1860s – circa 1900.

    A fascinating treasure trove that constitutes a time capsule of four decades –  one of them spent in New Zealand – in the life of an Irish aristocrat of the late nineteenth century. Nineteenth-century commonplace album. Folio, original marbled papered boards (heavily worn, lacking most of the leather backstrip), containing 160 pages completely filled with original manuscript material, ink and …

  • # 28919

    Artist unknown.

    [PORT PHILLIP] No. 1 Nelson’s Place, Williams Town. June 1840.

    Ink on paper, 122 x 270 mm; unsigned, but with artist’s manuscript caption lower left ‘No. 1 Nelson’s Place, Williams Town. June 1840’; scattered light foxing and toning, old central verical fold line, mild creasing at upper left corner and right edge; verso with a later manuscript note in pencil ‘Please [xxxxx] without fail for W. …

  • # 30492


    An African slave trader with Caucasian and African female slaves.

    [Circa 1870]. Albumen print photograph of an oil painting, carte de visite format, 100 x 65 mm (mount), verso with imprint of Goupil & Cie, Paris; in fine condition. This carte de visite reproduces a painting of a Barbary slave market, depicting African slave traders with female slaves – both African and Caucasian. It was photographed …

  • # 29763

    PARKS, Ti (1939 - 2017)

    Untitled (English landscape)

    Watercolour on paper, 165 x 235 mm, signed lower left and dated 1982, framed. An atmospheric English landscape with a small figure lower right. From the late 1970s Ti Parks was personal friends with Dame Elisabeth Frink and her son Lin Jammett, and spent time at their estate Woolland House. This scene, taken from a …

  • # 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 …

  • # 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.