Sidney NOLAN, Death of Sergeant Kennedy at Stringybark Creek Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 1

Sidney NOLAN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992

  • England and Australia from 1950

Death of Sergeant Kennedy at Stringybark Creek 1946
Collection Title: Ned Kelly Series
Title Notes: 10
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"
Secondary Insc: inscribed, u.r., pencil "March 46"
Dimensions: 91.0 h x 121.7 w cm framed (overall) 92.5 h x 122.9 w x 2.7 d cm
Acknowledgement: 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

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.'

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.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra