Russell DRYSDALE, Sleeping dog: Old Sam Enlarge 1 /1


Bognor Regis, England 1912 – Westmead, New South Wales, Australia 1981

  • Australia from 1923
  • England/France 1938-39
  • England 1950-51, 1957 and 1976

Sleeping dog: Old Sam [Red setter (see Remarks)] 1935 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, cardboard; paper; pastel drawing in brown pastel, touched with white pastel Support: tracing paper mounted on thick cardboard
Manufacturer's Mark: presence of manufacturer's mark undetermined due to secondary support.

Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right below image in brown pastel, 'Drysdale '35'. not titled. titled verso upper centre in black pencil, 'Sleeping dog - R Drysdale'
Tertiary Insc: inscribed verso upper left in black pencil, 'From Tass / Arnold Shaw / Collection 1965' inscribed verso upper right in pen and ink, 'Given to me by Tas Drysdale / at the time when he was / attending the Bell-Shore school / (and while GB was abroad). / AS'. inscribed lower left in black pencil, 'no 22'.
Dimensions: sheet 27.0 h x 40.8 w cm sight 25.5 h x 39.0 w
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1976
Accession No: NGA 76.537
Image rights: © Estate of Russell Drysdale
  • Gift to Arnold Shaw, from the artist.
  • Dr Norman Behan.
  • Purchased by the Australian National gallery, from Dr Norman Behan, 1976