Lost Weekend [Thrown Out Of “6 O’Clock Bar, Supporter Of 10 O’Clock Closing.”]. William Edwin Pidgeon, Wep, Aust.
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Lost Weekend [Thrown Out Of “6 O’Clock Bar, Supporter Of 10 O’Clock Closing.”]

1947. Watercolour with crayon and white highlight, signed “WEP” in image lower right, titled in pencil in lower margin, publishing stamp verso, 30.8 x 45.1cm. Slight foxing and stains to image, creases to upper corners.

Stamp reads “Sunday Telegraph. Used 15 Feb. 1947.”

Sydney-born Pidgeon began his career as a cadet artist on the Evening News. He was three times an Archibald Prize winner (1958,1961 and 1968). Ref: ADB.

The six o’clock closing time was introduced to Australian and New Zealand pubs during WWI, in an attempt to improve public morality, and as a war austerity measure. Before this reform, most hotels and public houses in Australia had closed at 11 or 11:30pm. In NSW the issue of ending early closing was put to the vote twice, first in 1947 and then in 1954 when it was passed by a narrow margin, extending the hours to 10pm. Ref: Wiki.

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Item #CL187-142

Price (AUD): $880.00  Other currencies

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