John BRACK, Sketch for the painting 'The happy boy' Enlarge 1 /1


East Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia 1920 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1999

Sketch for the painting 'The happy boy' 1964 Title Notes: Original invoice (file 83/0991-01 f46) gives title as "The happy boy". However, the fuller title "Sketch for the painting 'The happy boy' " allocated by NGA indicates more accurately its relationship to the derivative painting. See acc. no. 76.365 for the derivative oil painting "The happy boy" 1964. The drawing is illustrated in Robert Lindsay: "John Brack - A retrospective exhibition" (NGV 1987) p91 & cat. no. 158, and in Sasha Grishin: "The art of Sasha Grishin (OUP 199) catalogue raisonne no. p111. The painting is illustrated in Ronald Millar: "John Brack" (Lansdowne Press 1971) p21, plate 2, and Sasha Grishin catalogue raisonne no. o140.
Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, charcoal; paper drawing in charcoal Support: paper

Primary Insc: signed and dated lower left on image in conte, 'John Brack 64'.
Dimensions: sight 49.7 h x 63.4 w cm sheet 50.6 h x 64.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1985
Accession No: NGA 85.4
Image rights: © Helen Brack
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Melbourne, February 1985.