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Penleigh BOYD

Wiltshire, England 1890 – Warragal, Victoria, Australia 1923

  • Australia from 1894
  • England 1911-13

Bridge and wattle at Warrandyte [Old bridge, Warrandyte] 1914 Place made: Warrandyte, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas

Primary Insc: signed and dated lower left in oil, 'T Penleigh Boyd / 1914'
Dimensions: 91.5 h x 137.0 w cm framed (overall) 1138 h x 1600 w x 85 d mm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1971
Accession No: NGA 71.188

Both the title and palette of Bridge and wattle at Warrandyte announce its Australian identity. Wattle was formalised as a national floral symbol when it was entwined through the coat of arms in 1912. Penleigh Boyd may even have seen the luminous blossom displayed at Selfridges in London during his 1911–13 English sojourn

Boyd was a student in Melbourne for most of the Federation era. He travelled to Europe in 1911, and on his return to Australia in 1912 turned his attention to the light and colours of the Australian landscape. This painting depicts bushland outside Melbourne, known for its wattle groves.

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