Sidney NOLAN, Quilting the armour Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 1

Sidney NOLAN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992

  • England and Australia from 1950

Quilting the armour 1947
Collection Title: Ned Kelly Series
Title Notes: 07
Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, enamel paint on composition board

Primary Insc: not signed, dated reverse u.l., chalk "28-1-47"
Dimensions: 90.4 h x 121.2 w cm framed (overall) 91.5 h x 122.1 w x 3 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
Accession No: NGA 76.283

Mrs Skillion, who was Margaret Kelly, sat out in the evenings sewing the soft blue quilting into the headpiece of the armour. Historical record

The armour casts a heavy, baneful shadow. Kelly’s sister is quilting the helmet to protect a precious head and it’s done with tenderness and love, while a peaceful world goes about its life. Sidney Nolan

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Mrs Skillion, who was Margaret Kelly, sat out in the evenings sewing the soft blue quilting into the headpiece of the armour.

The armour casts a heavy, baneful shadow. Kelly's sister is quilting the helmet to protect a precious head and it's done with tenderness and love, while a peaceful world goes about its life.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra