Rupert BUNNY, Shearing: Australia House sketch Enlarge 1 /1

Rupert BUNNY

St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1864 – 1947

  • England and France 1884-1933

Shearing: Australia House sketch c.1914 Description: Sketch for a mural for the Exhibition Hall, Australia House, London ANG 55
Place made: La Rochefoucauld, Poitou-Charentes, Charente, France
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on cardboard

Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Dimensions: comp 34.0 h x 45.2 w cm sheet 38.0 h x 51.0 w cm framed (overall) 710 h x 790 w x 35 d mm
Cat Raisonné: Eagle(1991),23
Acknowledgement: Acquired 1969
Accession No: NGA 69.286

Rupert Bunny had first travelled to Europe aged twenty, settling in Paris to study figure painting under French Academic painter Jean-Paul Laurens. Apart from one visit to Australia in 1911, he did not return again until 1933.

Bunny had always wanted to paint a mural. He prepared these sketches after hearing about the mural commission proposed for Australia House in London. Advertised in 1914, the commission competition called for designs that depicted ‘incidents in Australian history and features of Australian scenery, and of Australian productive activity’. However, the competition was postponed due to outbreak of the First World War and never reinstated.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2013
From: Miriam kelly, Capital & Country: The Federation Years 1900 – 1913, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2013