Grace Cossington SMITH

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

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

The Smithkin calendar (for 1912) 1911
Collection Title: Folio of drawings
Place made: New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, portfolios, drawing in pen and ink, black pencil, watercolour and gouache [recto]; drawing in black pencil [verso] Support: paper

Primary Insc: not signed. not dated. inscribed as part of image 'The Smithkin / Calendar / for / 1912'.
Dimensions: sheet 26.6 h x 25.0 w cm sight 23.8 h x 23.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1976
Accession No: NGA 76.705.51.12AB
Subject: Australia, Printed ephemera: Calendar
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from the artist, through Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 1976
  • 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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