Item #CL179-94 Bust Of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. Drago Cherina, b.1949 Croation/Aust.
Bust Of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam
Bust Of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam
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Bust Of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam

1975. Bronze on sandstone plinth, signed lower right, 50 x 28 x 31cm (bust), 7 x 26 x 22cm (plinth).

Provenance: Lance Ebert (sculptor’s agent).

The bust was completed and delivered to Whitlam the day after he was dismissed in November 1975. Accompanying the bust is a facsimile letter dated 1995 from Gough Whitlam to Michael Knight, Minister for Public Works and Services which reads “I commend to you Drago Marin Cherina, sculptor and conceptual landmark artist. I have known him as a renowned sculptor for over 20 years, both at home and abroad. In 1975 he did a great bust and plaque of me. He was born in Yugoslavia (Croatia), and in my office, in the presence of Jim McClelland, the responsible minister, he received his certificate of citizenship.”

A photograph taken in 1972, illustrated on page 174 in Drago Marin Cherina Sculptures: 1967-1977, shows Whitlam and Cheirina with the working plaster of this sculpture.

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