Grace Cossington SMITH, 'Ille terrarum mihi praeter omnes Angulus ridet' 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

'Ille terrarum mihi praeter omnes Angulus ridet' 1908
Collection Title: Folio of drawings
Title Notes: [This corner of the earth smiles for me more than any other]
Place made: New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, portfolios, drawing in watercolour Support: paper mounted on cardboard

Primary Insc: inscribed lower left to right in pen and black ink, 'Ille terrarum mihi praeter omnes Angulus ridet.' not signed. not dated.
Dimensions: sight 12.2 h x 17.0 w cm sheet 14.3 h x 19.2 w cm backing sheet 39.4 h x 49.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1976
Accession No: NGA 76.705.51.28
  • 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.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra