Napier WALLER, Amicus certus in re incerta [A sure friend in uncertain times] Enlarge 1 /1


Penshurst, Victoria, Australia 1893 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1972

  • Europe 1929-30

Amicus certus in re incerta [A sure friend in uncertain times] (1927-28) Description: Cartoon for unexecuted mural, AMP Building, Melbourne
Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in oil paint, turpentine wash, gold paint and black pencil Support: paper

Primary Insc: not signed. not dated. Titled lower edge as part of work in gold paint, 'AMICUS CERTUS IN RE INCERTA'. inscribed lower left, 'CARTOON / 6th Full Size'. inscribed verso centre left, 'Mural'. inscribed verso centre right, 'AMP DESIGN'. inscribed verso lower left, 'COLOURED / MURAL DESIGNS'.
Dimensions: image 84.8 h x 132.6 w cm sheet 84.8 h x 132.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1978
Accession No: NGA 78.1306
  • With rhe artist until his death in 1972.
  • Estate of Napier Waller.
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Deutscher Fine Art, Melbourne, November 1978;
  • From the exhibition, 'Nineteenth and twentieth century Australian painting', Melbourne: The Block Gallery and Deutscher Galleries, 28 September - 5 November 1978, cat. no.30, (illustrated).