John PERCEVAL, Negroes at night Enlarge 1 /1


Bruce Rock, Western Australia, Australia 1923 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 2000

  • England 1963-65

Negroes at night 1944 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil Support: canvas on composition board

Primary Insc: signed and dated l.l., oil "Perceval/ Oct 44"
Tertiary Insc: Title reverse support, u.c., oil crayon "Negroes at night/Oct 44"
Dimensions: 80.0 h x 87.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1976
Accession No: NGA 76.100
Image rights: Courtesy John Perceval / Ken McGregor

John Perceval depicted a world of violence and fear in his paintings of wartime Melbourne. The tension of wartime blackouts is evoked through Perceval’s wild ghouls carousing above the city.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra