Bernhard SMITH

Greenwich, England 1820 – Alexandra, Victoria, Australia 1885

  • France 1840-41
  • Australia from 1852

Four times all quick'ning Spring had rous'd the sleeping earth... [Jealousy hailed me as her own] 20 January 1885 Place made: Alexandra, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, cardboard; graphite; ink; paper drawing in black pencil, pen and ink and brush and ink Support: paper mounted on cardboard

Primary Insc: Iniscribed lower right in black pencil, 'For Bernhard Alexander Smith, I sang this Song.' Inscribed and dated lower left in black pencil, 'Pictor Ignatus Fecit Jan 20 1885'. Inscribed upper edge in black pencil, 'Four times All quick'ning Spring had rous'd the sleeping Earth...' (and other text).
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed upper left in black pencil, 'No. 2'.
Dimensions: image 29.0 h x 48.7 w cm sight 38.9 h x 56.8 w cm backing sheet 52.1 h x 69.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1987
Accession No: NGA 87.1133
  • By family descent to Mr Alec Smith, great grandson of the artist, Melbourne
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Alec Smith, Melbourne, 1987.