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A painted picture of the Universe

oil and pencil on composition board
50.6 × 40.4 cm
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales; London, England
incised in paint l.l.: R de Maistre (de Maistre underlined) / JW (underlined)-1920-34
incised and overpainted l.r.: R de Maistre ((de Maistre underlined) / 1920-34 JW
inscribed in brown ink and pencil on reverse u.l.: I cannot give you The metropolitan Tower / Nor can I give you Heaven / Or the seven golden stars from The Visigoth Crown / But I can give you a very small Locket (can underlined) / Made out of wild cat skin / With a painted picture of The Universe / And seven blue Tears Therein. / I cannot give you Happiness / nor can I give you Beauty / Or a Cherry-pie baked with Love + Duty, / But I can give you a Tiny purse (can underlined) / Made out of Field-mouse hide / - put it in your left-hand pocket (it underlined) / + never look inside. (k is underlined)
inscribed in brown pen and ink on reverse u.r.: A painted picture of The Universe / from R de M to JW. 1934 (1934 underlined)
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1976
© Courtesy of the artist's estate
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Gallery location
Not on display