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On display on Level 1

Sidney NOLAN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992

  • England and Australia from 1950

The watch tower 1947
Collection Title: Ned Kelly Series
Title Notes: 11
Materials & Technique: paintings, enamel paint on composition board

Primary Insc: not signed, dated reverse upper c., chalk "20-7-47"
Dimensions: 90.6 h x 121.4 w cm framed (overall) 91.4 h x 122.2 w x 3 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
Accession No: NGA 76.286

From the tower, which we mounted in shifts, a good view could be had of the town in all directions, and in particular of the roads by which we might expect the outlaws to arrive. Historical record

This is really about myself. I used to climb the water tower at Horsham in Victoria and look at the sleepy town and think, dream and imagine. Sidney Nolan

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

From the tower, which we mounted in shifts, a good view could be had of the town in all directions, and in particular of the roads by which we might expect the outlaws to arrive.

This is really about myself. I used to climb the water tower at Horsham in Victoria and look at the sleepy town and think, dream and imagine.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra