Neutral Bay, New South Wales, Australia 1892 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1984
not titled [The artist's brother Gordon].
Bowral, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in black pencil with watercolour wash Support: paper
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.
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