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Arizona Desert

c1930s. Watercolour, signed lower left, titled in pencil verso, 39.2 x 57cm. Pinholes, minor missing portions to corners.

Artist Hugh Nevill-Smith was also a teacher of voice/singing at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Sydney during the 1930s. He exhibited and travelled extensively, including the USA, and especially in Phoenix, Arizona, where he taught singing and held a one-man show consisting of 39 works. One of Percy Grainger’s songs, “Farewell to an Atoll” was inspired by a painting by Nevill-Smith, which was hung in the Grainger house at White Plains, New York. Nevill-Smith was a finalist at the Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW during the 1930s and 1940s, and a regular exhibitor with the Royal Art Society. Ref: SMH, 31.3.1939; Richard Bonynge & Dame Joan Sutherland Collection. Work held in Dallas Museum of Art.

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Item #CL192-111

Price (AUD): $1,350.00  Other currencies

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