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Sidney Nolan - Ned Kelly gallery

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Sidney NOLAN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992

  • Movements: England and Australia from 1950

Death of Sergeant Kennedy at Stringybark Creek 1946
Collection Title: Ned Kelly Series
paintings, enamel paint on composition board
Technique: 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"
91.0 h x 121.7 w cm
framed (overall) 92.5 h x 122.9 w x 2.7 d cm
Purchased 1972
Accession No: NGA 72.162


  • 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 record

    Matters 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 2010