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Bernhard SMITH

Greenwich, England 1820 – Alexandra, Victoria, Australia 1885

  • France 1840-41
  • Australia from 1852

Love, pure love, God's first born... 25 March 1885 Place made: Alexandra, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, graphite; ink; paper drawing in black pencil and pen and ink Support: paper mounted on cardboard, felt-finished cardboard mount

Primary Insc: not signed. inscribed lower left in black pencil, 'Pictor ignatus, indociusque ... (illeg) March 25 1885'. inscribed upper edge in black pencil, 'Love, pure Love, God's first born...' (and other text).
Secondary Insc: Inscribed lower right in black pencil 'For my child Phene - Going to and fro - for her - I dreamed this dream'.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed upper left in black pencil, 'No. 3'.
Dimensions: sight 36.5 h x 52.9 w cm image 28.8 h x 48.6 w cm backing sheet 50.0 h x 65.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1987
Accession No: NGA 87.1131
Provenance:
  • By family descent to Mr Alec Smith, great grandson of the artist, Melbourne
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Alec Smith, Melbourne, 1987.