DETAIL: Grace COSSINGTON SMITH,  'Interior in yellow', 1964, oil on composition board, National Gallery of Australia
Grace COSSINGTON SMITH | The prince

Australia 1892 – Australia 1984
UK, Europe 1912-14; UK, Italy 1949-51
The prince 1920
oil on canvas on hardboard
35.4 (h) x 30.7 (w) cm
framed 47.8 (h) x 42.5 (w) x 3.8 (d) cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales Purchased 1967
© Art Gallery New South Wales
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In 1920 Cossington Smith was in the city when she noticed a crowd gathering. As she recalled: ‘I didn’t expect him to be there. I was in Martin Place and wondering why all the people were gathering, and someone said, “The Prince of Wales is going to drive by”. I was very excited and stood on the pavement and got an impression of it … then I think I made drawings of the buildings – a drawing rather – just to get it right. But I couldn’t while he was going by because it was only a few seconds, so I had to impress it on my mind’. (Interview with Alan Roberts, 1970)

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