Sidney NOLAN, The defence of Aaron Sherritt Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 1

Sidney NOLAN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992

  • England and Australia from 1950

The defence of Aaron Sherritt 1946
Collection Title: Ned Kelly Series
Title Notes: 17
Materials & Technique: paintings, enamel paint on composition board

Primary Insc: not signed, dated reverse u.l., chalk "Nov 1946"
Dimensions: 121.2 h x 90.7 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
Accession No: NGA 76.291

Mrs Sherritt: ‘They (the police) were in that position when Dan Kelly was in the room. I was put under the bed. Constable Dowling pulled me down… and then Armstrong caught hold of me, and the two of them shoved me under.’  Historical record

A satirical title and a rather scornful portrayal, but the police thought the whole gang was outside and they had heard Sherritt shot. The quilt is real. A friend who was in the army with me gave it to me. It was made by people in a Heidelberg hospital. Sidney Nolan

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