Sidney NOLAN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992

  • England and Australia from 1950

Jaguar seizing a manatee December 1940 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, collages, collage of cut and rearranged wood-engravings from nineteenth century illustrated books Support: white wove paper

Primary Insc: Signed and dated verso left edge sideways in blue-black ink, 'Dec. 1940. Nolan'. Title printed lower centre below image in black ink, 'JAGUAR SEIZING A MANATEE'. Inscribed verso centre in blue-black ink, 'illustration to Rimbaud/ Fairy tale./ Beaten Tracks/ On the night the summer dawn/ wakes the leaves the mists/ and the sounds in the corner of/ the park. The slopes on the left/ clasp in their purple shade -/ drawn by trotting mares,/ blue and black./ _Also woman and landscape/ many also, s. F _ Rimbaud'.
Dimensions: image 9.8 h x 15.5 w cm sheet 13.3 h x 19.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of James Agapitos OAM and Ray Wilson OAM 2007
Accession No: NGA 2007.892
Subject: Australia, Art style: Surrealism
Image rights: © Sidney Nolan Trust
  • Jinx Nolan, step-daughter of the artist, by descent
  • Acquired by James Agapitos and Ray Wilson from Jinx Nolan, Boston
  • Gift to the National Gallery of Australia, of the Agapitos/Wilson Collection, from James Agapitos and Ray Wilson, Sydney, 2007