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Charles CONDER

Tottenham, Middlesex, England 1868 – Virginia Water, Surrey, England 1909

  • Australia 1884-90
  • England and France from 1890

A decoration ["A decoration (on silk?)"] 1904 Place made: London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: drawings, watercolours, painting in watercolour Support: silk mounted on cedar panel

Primary Insc: signed lower right in watercolour, 'CONDER'. not dated.
Tertiary Insc: 1. On reverse face of cotton lining - blue paint, stencilled in decorative font, 'HEAVY WIGAN SHEETING LW5' 2. Front face of cedar panel in black pencil, 'this is the face so cut glass to this side' 3. Front face of cedar panel in black pencil, 'face' 4. Reverse face of cedar panel in white chalk, '12 OCT 73' 5. Reverse face of cedar panel in white chalk, '155 VT' 6. Reverse face of cedar panel stencilled in black paint, 'VT 155'
Dimensions: image 224.0 h x 127.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1978
Accession No: NGA 78.561
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from M. C. Atkinson, Hobart, 1978.

A decoration was once owned by Pickford Waller, an English designer and a collector of Conder’s work, as well as paintings by Spencer Gore, George Lambert, William Nicholson, Charles Shannon and Whistler. In his house in Pimlico, Waller placed this large decorative piece in a room that was entirely hung with Conder’s works. It includes features that are typical of Conder’s work, such as the oval medallion, wreaths and ribbons, and decorative borders.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra