Sidney Nolan / Sidney Nolan (1917-1992) Figures in an Interior with Wallpaper, Kelly Series, 1947
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Sidney Nolan (1917-1992)
dated verso: '7-1-47'
transfer drawing on paper
25.0 x 31.5cm (9 13/16 x 12 3/8in).
Sir Sidney Nolan, United Kingdom, until 1992
Lady Nolan, United Kingdom, until 2016
The Estate of Lady Nolan, United Kingdom
Similar examples of the Kelly series transfer drawings are in the collection of Heidi Museum and Art Gallery, Melbourne (seven examples), the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (five examples), and the National Gallery of Victoria (two examples).
For published examples of transfer drawings from this series, see:
Sidney Nolan: Works on Paper Retrospective, 1980-81, cat. 67 and front cover illustration
Andrew Sayers, Sidney Nolan Drawings, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, 1989, pp. 40, 41
Warwick Reeder, The Ned Kelly Paintings: Nolan at Heide 1946-47, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 1997, cat. 10-19, pp. 70-72
In the first two weeks of January 1947, amid painting the Kelly series, Nolan's focus switched briefly to a series of works on paper relating to the same theme. The couple depicted and the decorative wallpaper draw comparison with the Kelly series painting Constable Fitzpatrick and Kate Kelly, in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, painted in October 1946. Within days of completing the present work Nolan painted three of his best known Kelly works, Quilting the Armour, Stringybark Creek and The Trial.