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On display on Level 1

Grace Cossington SMITH

Neutral Bay, New South Wales, Australia 1892 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1984

  • England, Europe 1912-14
  • England, Italy 1949-51

Interior with verandah doors 1954 Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on composition board

Primary Insc: signed and dated l.l., black oil paint "G. Cossington Smith 54".
Dimensions: 76.2 h x 91.0 w framed (overall) 88.8 h x 100.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: Bequest of Lucy Swanton 1982
Accession No: NGA 82.2360

Cossington Smith’s friend Lucy Swanton, one of the directors at Macquarie Galleries, was taken with the early interiors and encouraged her to work on a larger scale. The result was her most significant interior to that point, Interior with verandah doors. Swanton recalled seeing this work exhibited and not selling: ‘I looked at this beautiful painting hanging there, still unsold. It just shone from the wall. I thought, “That’s for me” and I bought it myself’. She later gifted it to the National Gallery of Australia.

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