Gallery of Australia
Director announces two further acquistions
25 May 2005
W C Piguenit (1836-1914) Near Liverpool, New South Wales (c.1895-1910)
Emanuel Phillips Fox (1865-1915) The Corn Field (c.1900)
Details of the National Gallery’s latest acquisitions were announced today by Director, Ron Radford. The paintings were purchased at Sotheby’s auction of the Foster’s Collection of Australian Art on Monday 23 May in Melbourne.
These works will hang alongside three other paintings from the Foster’s Collection acquired by the Gallery prior to auction – John Glover’s House on the Derwent, Van Diemen’s Land c.1835; John Skinner Prout’s Aborigine stalking – Willoughby Falls, New South Wales c.1842–48 and Alexander Schramm’s Adelaide, a tribe of natives on the banks of the River Torrens 1850.
Emanuel Phillips Fox’s The Corn Field is regarded as one his major landscapes. It shows Fox’s fascination with changing light and his love of working in the open air. Probably painted in the summer of 1903 it depicts an Australian harvest.
W C Piguenit, Australia’s first locally born artist and leading landscape painter, in his expansive panorama Near Liverpool, New South Wales shows a pastoral scene with cattle grazing on the rich fertile soil of the Liverpool Plains. The spectacular sky occupies a large part of the canvas and demonstrates Piguenit’s observations of the effects of changing weather, which he recorded in detail in his travel diaries. This is regarded as one of Piguenit’s major Federation landscapes and will dramatically enhance this area of the National Collection.
Ron Radford said ‘As part of its acquisitions policy the National Gallery has identified a number of major historically significant artists who have made an outstanding artistic contribution to our understanding of Australia. These paintings form part of that group and strengthen the holdings of colonial Australian art. I am delighted that these paintings will now be permanently available to the people of Australia and will be displayed in a completely new presentation of the Australian galleries.’
The paintings will be formally unveiled on Friday 27 May at 12 noon. The Gallery’s Assistant Director, Australian Art, Anna Gray and Director, Ron Radford will be present. All interested media are invited to assemble at 12 noon in the main foyer.
W C Piguenit, Near Liverpool, New South Wales c.1895–1910 ($80,000), Emanuel Phillips Fox, The Corn Field c.1900 ($280,000), John Glover, House on the Derwent, Van Diemen’s Land c.1835 ($1,250,000), John Skinner Prout, Aborigine stalking – Willoughby Falls, New South Wales c. 1842–48 ($150,000), Alexander Schramm, Adelaide, a tribe of natives on the banks of the River Torrens 1850 ($650,000)
For further information please contact
Elizabeth Malone, Marketing and Communications +61 2 6240 6603
Alix Fiveash, Marketing and Communications +61 2 6240 6431
Anna Gray, Assistant Director, Australian Art +61 2 6240 6405