Grace Cossington SMITH, Brother - from the Smithkin calendar Enlarge 1 /1

Grace Cossington SMITH

Neutral Bay, New South Wales, Australia 1892 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1984

  • England, Europe 1912-14
  • England, Italy 1949-51

Brother - from the Smithkin calendar 1911 Place made: Bowral, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in pen and ink, pastel and watercolour Support: paper

Primary Insc: Signed centre right in black pencil, 'GCS'. Dated centre right in black pencil, '1911'
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed verso upper right in pen and black ink, 'Brother / 1911'. Inscribed verso upper left in black pencil, 'To dear Mum / with love / from / Gracie'.
Dimensions: sheet 35.2 h x 25.0 w cm sight 31.6 h x 23.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1975
Accession No: NGA 75.60
Subject: Australia, Printed ephemera: Calendar
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Macquarie Galleries (Canberra), Canberra, 1975.

Grace Cossington Smith was close to her immediate family and retained a deep attachment to her home environment throughout her life. This affection is reflected in her earliest known works including portraits of her mother and of other family members. The family had a penchant for nicknames and playfully referred to themselves as the Smithkins. Among these very early works on paper are images of her brother Gordon as a young boy, including those on a number of Smithkin calendars that she created.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra