Item #CL207-39 [Gabriel Namatjira, Harry Smith And Oscar Namatjira]. Jeff Carter, 1928–2010 Aust.
[Gabriel Namatjira, Harry Smith And Oscar Namatjira]
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[Gabriel Namatjira, Harry Smith And Oscar Namatjira]

c1965. Vintage silver gelatin photograph, press print, photographer’s stamp, typed caption with correction in ink and various publishing annotations in pencil verso, 16.5 x 25.4cm. Minor chips to edges and crinkles to corners.

Caption reads “Albert’s grandson Gabriel (left) and son (right) Oscar delivering paintings to Tmara Mara art gallery manager Harry Smith in Alice Springs.” Photographer’s stamp reads “Copyright Photo Jeff Carter, Glenrock Farm, Foxground NSW, Australia. Phone: Foxground 48 (Girringong Exchange).” Annotations include “People [magazine] Feb 24, [19]65, p34.”

Artist Gabriel Namatjira (1941–1969) was a grandson of Albert Namatjira. His paintings are held by the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia and Queensland Art Gallery. Oscar Namatjira (1922–1991), the second son of Albert Namatjira, was also an artist and painted in the style of the Hermannsburg School. His work is held by several public galleries including the National Gallery of Australia and National Gallery of Victoria.

Tmara Mara was a highly regarded art gallery, specialising in Indigenous art, and was founded by artist Rex Battarbee (1893–1973) and his wife, Bernice, during the 1950s. The name of the gallery, which translates as “very good camping spot” in Arrente language, was suggested by Albert Namatjira, who was mentored and taught painting by Rex Battarbee. Ref: Art Sales Digest; Wiki; NT Place Names Register.

Item #CL207-39

Price (AUD): $3,300.00  other currencies

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