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On display on Level 1

Sidney NOLAN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992

  • England and Australia from 1950

The alarm 1946-47
Collection Title: Ned Kelly Series
Title Notes: 15
Materials & Technique: paintings, enamel paint on composition board

Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Dimensions: 90.5 h x 121.3 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
Accession No: NGA 76.287

A peacock which used to sleep on the top of a tin shed. The bird was accustomed to making cries at the approach of any stranger. Historical record

People used peacocks as ‘watch birds’: they could see people two miles off. I was amused by the oddity of peacocks in Australia and their being put to such a use. The pale-faced policeman does not know how close observers may be; remember that policemen had been killed. Sidney Nolan

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

A peacock which used to sleep on the top of a tin shed. The bird was accustomed to making cries at the approach of any stranger. Historical record

People used peacocks as ‘watch birds’: they could see people two miles off. I was amused by the oddity of peacocks in Australia and their being put to such a use. The pale-faced policeman does not know how close observers may be; remember that policemen had been killed. Sidney Nolan

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

A peacock which used to sleep on the top of a tin shed. The bird was accustomed to making cries at the approach of any stranger.

People used peacocks as 'watch birds': they could see people two miles off. I was amused by the oddity of peacocks in Australia and their being put to such a use. The pale-faced policeman does not know how close observers may be; remember that policemen had been killed


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra