- Fred Williams 1927–1982
- Oil paint on board
- Support: 1014 x 621 mm
- Presented by the artist's estate 2006
This is a relatively rare example of Williams’s early work, made towards the end of his studies in London. It reflects the tradition of urban realism in British art, which drew upon the example of Walter Sickert, as well as current social concerns. One of a series based on city activities, Coal Delivery replaces the monumentality of contemporary social realism with dynamism. Williams was in Britain for only a short time before returning to Australia where he became one of the leading artists of his time.
Gallery label, September 2016