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Hamburg, Germany 1877 – Mt Barker, South Australia, Australia 1968

  • Australia from 1884
  • Europe, England 1899-1903

not titled [Petrel Cove]. 1925 Place made: Petrel Cove, Victor Harbor, South Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, watercolours, painting in watercolour over drawing in black pencil Support: paper mounted on cardboard

Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right in watercolour, 'Hans Heysen / 1925'. not titled.
Dimensions: image 33.2 h x 41.0 w cm sheet 33.2 h x 41.0 w cm backing 54.4 h x 62.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra The Oscar Paul Collection, gift of Henriette von Dallwitz and of Richard Paul in honour of his father 1965
Accession No: NGA 65.51
Image rights: © Hans Heysen. Licensed by Viscopy
  • The Oscar Paul Collection.
  • Gift to the Commonwealth Art Advisory Board (C.A.A.B.), from Henriette von Dallwitz and of Richard Paul in honour of his father, May 1965.

For two weeks in August 1925, after the death of their third daughter, Heysen and his family visited the resort town of Victor Harbor, on the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide. Here, he painted the watercolour Petrel Cove. Sitting on the grass of the saddle of The Bluff at Rosetta Head Heysen painted this winter landscape looking south-west across Petrel Cove towards King Head and Newland Head. Writing to Lionel Lindsay in late 1925 he enthused: ‘You would love the grandeur of this coastline, could you but see it, with something barren and primitive in the contour of the land’.

Rebecca Andrews

Source: Hans Heysen exhibition website 2010

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra