[Proposed] Coat Of Arms, Canberra. Margaret Campbell, Aust.
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[Proposed] Coat Of Arms, Canberra

c1927. Pen and ink with gouache, captioned throughout image, initialled “M.E.C.” lower right, titled in pencil in lower margin, annotated “Q.Q.” in an unknown hand in ink verso, 25.1 x 25cm. Old horizontal folds, slight surface loss, foxing and creases.

Captions read “Canberra. ‘Onward.’ SA, Queensl’d, NSW, Victoria, WA, Tasmania.” Provenance: Artist’s estate. The coat of arms of Canberra was created by the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs and Territories in 1927, in response to a request by the Commonwealth Department of Defence, who wanted to use it on the newly commissioned HMAS Canberra. The Federal Capital Commission announced a competition to design a coat of arms for the ACT, into which this item may have been submitted. In April 1928, a design by a Mr C.R. Wylie won the competition. Ref: Wiki. Image possibly inspired by Britannia, a female personification of Great Britain. (See item 128.)

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Item #CL169-121

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