Douglas ANNAND, Two shillings [kangaroo theme] Enlarge 1 /1

Douglas ANNAND

Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia 1903 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1976

22 March, 1903 – 14 December, 1976

Two shillings [kangaroo theme] 1937 Description: Design for coin
Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in black pencil, air-brushed gouache and silver paint Support: paper

Primary Insc: Signed lower centre in image in black pencil, 'DA'. Dated and titled as part of design in black pencil, 'TWO SHILLINGS / 1937 / AUSTRALIA'. Inscribed lower right in pen and black ink, 'Designed by Douglas Annand-Sydney'.
Dimensions: sheet 27.4 h x 23.0 w cm image 11.2 diameter
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.11.134
Subject: Australia, Animal: Kangaroo
Image rights: © A.M. Annand
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Tony Annand, the artist’s son, Sydney, 1989.

In 1937 Douglas Annand was commissioned to prepare new designs for Australian coins. He chose to depict easily identified Australian flora and fauna, which included sheaves of wheat, the kangaroo, the platypus, and the koala rather than themes associated with Britain.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra