Rupert BUNNY | Shearing: Australia House sketches

Rupert BUNNY
Australia 1864 – Melbourne 1947
England and France 1884-1933

Shearing: Australia House sketches c.1914 oil on cardboard
34.0 (h) x 45.2 (w) cm
No inscriptions
Reference: Eagle(1991),23 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra NGA 1969.286 Acquired 1969

Rupert Bunny had first travelled to Europe aged twenty, settling in Paris to study figure painting under French Academic painter Jean-Paul Laurens. Apart from one visit to Australia in 1911, he did not return again until 1933.

Bunny had always wanted to paint a mural. He prepared these sketches after hearing about the mural commission proposed for Australia House in London. Advertised in 1914, the commission competition called for designs that depicted ‘incidents in Australian history and features of Australian scenery, and of Australian productive activity’. However, the competition was postponed due to outbreak of the First World War and never reinstated.

Rupert Bunny had first travelled to Europe aged twenty, settling in Paris to study figure painting under French Academic painter Jean-Paul Laurens. Apart from one visit to Australia in 1911, he did not return again until 1933.

Bunny had always wanted to paint a mural. He prepared these sketches after hearing about the mural commission proposed for Australia House in London. Advertised in 1914, the commission competition called for designs that depicted ‘incidents in Australian history and features of Australian scenery, and of Australian productive activity’. However, the competition was postponed due to outbreak of the First World War and never reinstated.

Rupert Bunny had first travelled to Europe aged twenty, settling in Paris to study figure painting under French Academic painter Jean-Paul Laurens. Apart from one visit to Australia in 1911, he did not return again until 1933.

Bunny had always wanted to paint a mural. He prepared these sketches after hearing about the mural commission proposed for Australia House in London. Advertised in 1914, the commission competition called for designs that depicted ‘incidents in Australian history and features of Australian scenery, and of Australian productive activity’. However, the competition was postponed due to outbreak of the First World War and never reinstated.




Image detail: W.C. Piguenit Near Liverpool, New South Wales c. 1908
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, acquired with the assistance of the Masterpieces for the Nation Fund 2005