Sidney NOLAN, The questioning Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 1

Sidney NOLAN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992

  • England and Australia from 1950

The questioning 1947
Collection Title: Ned Kelly Series
Title Notes: 21
Materials & Technique: paintings, enamel paint on composition board

Primary Insc: not signed, dated reverse upper c., chalk "13-3-47"
Dimensions: 90.7 h x 121.1 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
Accession No: NGA 76.294

The troopers enquired at the homestead as to the whereabouts of the outlaws, but were told to ask the old man who was up bathing himself in the dam. Historical record

The police did not question the old man as they knew he would misdirect them, but thought the wife could be bluffed, but she was shrewd and well trained and like a good wife would misdirect them. My uncle Jack used to wash himself with a bar of laundry soap in the dam; Velvet soap in fact. Sidney Nolan

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The troopers enquired at the homestead as to the whereabouts of the outlaws, but were told to ask the old man who was up bathing himself in the dam.

The police did not question the old man as they knew he would misdirect them, but thought the wife could be bluffed, but she was shrewd and well trained and like a good wife would misdirect them. My uncle Jack used to wash himself with a bar of laundry soap in the dam; Velvet soap in fact.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra