Catalogue entry

T00150 GLENROWAN 1956–7

Inscr. ‘Nolan 6-4-57’ b.l. (twice) and, on back, ‘May 1956 N Also April 6th 1957’.
Ripolin on hardboard, 36×48 (91·5×122).
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund and Grant-in-Aid) 1957.
Exh: Whitechapel Art Gallery, June–July 1957 (72).
Lit: Clark, MacInnes and Robertson, 1961, pp.22–31, repr. pl.62.
Repr: Tate Gallery Report 1957–8 , 1958; Viewpoint, No.1, 1962, p.9.

One of the many paintings on the theme of Ned Kelly, most of which were executed in two series, at Melbourne 1945–7 and in Europe 1954–5; this example was painted in London 1956–7. Ned Kelly was a Robin Hood-like outlaw who, with three companions, defied the police and army of Victoria for two years until he was finally caught and executed at the age of twenty-five in 1880. The final siege of the four men occurred in the hotel at Glenrowan; Ned Kelly escaped but returned to find out the fate of his companions and was captured. Ned Kelly is shown in his armour and helmet made out of beaten ploughshares.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II