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Rex BATTARBEE

Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia 1893 – Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia 1973

not titled landscape ["Hermannsburg" school watercolour] 1936 Place made: Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, watercolours, graphite; paper; watercolour painting in watercolour over drawing in black pencil Support: paper

Primary Insc: Signed and dated lower right in in yellow watercolour, 'REX BATTARBEE 1936'
Dimensions: image 37.6 h x 43.0 w cm sheet 37.6 h x 43.0 w
Acknowledgement: Richard Blaiklock and John Blaiklock of Killarra NSW, from the Estate of the late Lady Persia Galleghan AO OBE StJ
Accession No: NGA 2000.468
Provenance:
  • Estate of the late Lady Persia Galleghan AO OBE StJ (1902 - 1997).
  • Collection of Richard Blaiklock and John Blaiklock of Killarra, NSW.
  • Gift to the National Gallery of Australia, from Richard Blaiklock and John Blaiklock, Sydney, December, 2000.

Namatjira's interest in painting was sparked by visits to the mission by various artists between 1932 and 1936. Rex Battarbee, travelling with John Gardner, was the most important in terms of Albert Namatjira's development as a painter. A commercially trained artist and inveterate traveller, Battarbee was born in Warrnambool, Victoria, first visited the mission in 1932.

Battarbee taught Albert Namatjira the technique of watercolour. In return Namatjira taught him about the subjects they were to paint.


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