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NOLAN, Sidney.

Paradise Garden. Paintings, drawings and poems (deluxe edition with original signed drawing)

$6,000.00 AUD

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With an introduction by Robert Melville. London : R. Alistair McAlpine, 1971. Quarto, 110 pp. comprised of poems by Sidney Nolan accompanied by full page plates with colour crayon acetate overlays. The deluxe edition, in a batik cloth binding, signed by the artist, with an original drawing bound in. A total of 3000 copies were produced, 2890 standard editions (cloth bound with dustjacket), plus 110 deluxe copies, of which 20 contained original Nolan drawings. This is copy number 12.

The rarest Nolan book, published in an edition of only 20 copies, including a crayon drawing featuring one of Nolan’s most significant subjects.

The colour crayon drawing is an abstract version of the 1947 Mrs Fraser painting reproduced on page 5 of the book. ‘A female figure representing a certain Mrs Fraser … has the significance of a Muse, and if he had never created Ned Kelly … he could have rested his case with posterity on this strange and unforgettable image of a woman’ (page 7). The story of Eliza Anne Fraser (1798 – 1858), survivor of the shipwreck of the Stirling in 1836, was a source of fascination to Nolan. The mythology of her rescue and subsequent imprisonment by Aboriginal tribesmen near Moreton Bay, Queensland, influenced relations between black and white Australians in the nineteenth century, and along with the writings of Patrick White, Nolan’s important series on Mrs Fraser aided a revisionist understanding of the events of the legend.