Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992
Death of Sergeant Kennedy at Stringybark Creek
1946 Collection Title: Ned Kelly Series
Materials & Technique: paintings, enamel paint on composition board
Primary Insc: inscribed, signed and dated, l.r., ink "Death of Sergeant Kennedy/ at Stringybark Creek/ 1-3-46/ N"
Kelly: ‘Had he been my own brother I could not help shooting. I put his cloak over him and left him as honourable as I could.’ Historical recordMatters are not separated here. They are forced right against the eye, terror and evil so close that no one is seen as a whole; everyone is cut off in both senses of the word. Kelly is cool and natural…. No compassion; the natural thing to do. Sidney Nolan
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra