Item #CL192-144 The Gift. Eric Putland, 1905-c1969 Australian.
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The Gift

1946. Oil on board, signed and dated lower left, titled (twice), signed, dated “Sept. 1946” and annotated in ink on frame label verso, 54.8 x 46.7cm. Minor soiling or scuffing to image. Original frame.

An overpainted title reads “The white man’s gift.” Annotation reads “Boolambayte, Buladelah [Hunter region, NSW].”

Eric Putland was a “famous Queensland shark fisherman, hunter, and bushman” who “found an absorbing interest in painting aboriginal friends,” and strongly believed in self-determination for Indigenous people. He was a finalist in the Sulman Prize in 1954. His work was purchased by the Howard University Galleries in Washington (US), and Charles Lloyd Jones (former chairman of David Jones). Ref: The Sydney Morning Herald, 8.11.1947.

Item #CL192-144

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