Sidney NOLAN, Steve Hart dressed as a girl Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 1

Sidney NOLAN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992

  • England and Australia from 1950

Steve Hart dressed as a girl 1947
Collection Title: Ned Kelly Series
Title Notes: 06
Materials & Technique: paintings, enamel paint on composition board

Primary Insc: not signed, dated reverse u.l., chalk "18-2-47"
Dimensions: 90.6 h x 121.1 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
Accession No: NGA 76.282

He appears to have been possessed of a considerable courage and resource, and during the period of his outlawry frequently rode about in feminine attire. Historical record

All the Kellys may have dressed like this at times to deceive people for fun. The picture is as posed as the rider. The story is that Steve Hart, dressed as a girl, won a race at the Greta Races, riding side-saddle. Sidney Nolan

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