Grace Cossington SMITH, not titled [The artist's brother Gordon]. 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

not titled [The artist's brother Gordon]. c.1910 Place made: Bowral, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, drawing in black pencil with watercolour wash Support: paper

Primary Insc: signed centre in black pencil, 'G C Smith'. not dated. not titled.
Dimensions: sheet 31.4 h x 28.0 w cm sight 26.6 h x 24.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1975
Accession No: NGA 75.61
  • 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