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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
Subjects (general)
Abstract Art Nature
Subjects (specific)
colours (hues or tints) curves (geometric figures) geometric shape linear forms pastel (colour attribute) repetition (artistic concept) rhythm (artistic concept)