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21 Kenneth Palmer Australian 1925-2000
Bust Of Prime Minister Ben Chifley, 1946/2015. Bronze, stamped "cire perdue [lost wax], Meridian Melbourne", signed and editioned 4/7 on base lower right, 47 x 32 x 27.5cm.
Ben Chifley was the 16th Prime Minister of Australia from 1945 to 1949. "As a returned serviceman completing his fine art and graphic diploma at the Ballarat School of Mines, he [Palmer] was commissioned to sculpt the Prime Minister, Ben Chifley. Having previously modelled the bust from photographs, the young artist was given a sitting of 45 minutes...on September 12, 1946, by a tired Prime Minister on a general election campaign. Chifley, without his pipe, laconically commented to the sculptor: 'You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.'" Ref: Obituary by Sheridan Palmer, daughter of artist, The Age, 31.1.2001.

22 Prime Minister Ben Chifley
(1) [Ben Chifley in London], Silver gelatin photograph, c1946/later printing, 24 x 17.7cm. Ref: National Archives of Australia;
(2) Ben Chifley, PM of Australia, 1945&SHY;1949, c1960s. Process screen pamphlet, 21.8 x 14.7cm (folded).
The pamphlet provides information covering the life of Bathurstborn Joseph Benedict Chifley (1885-1951) who was Prime Minister from 1945 to 1949. It mentions his early life covering his work as a locomotive driver and his political career. Also notes special "Chifley" sites in Bathurst, including Chifley's locomotive. Printed by Western Printers, Bathurst.
The pair $990

23 "The Advertiser"
Mr Chifley's Disclosure Of Buoyant Revenue, 1948. Letterpress newspaper headline poster, 66 x 46.9cm. Missing portions, soiling, foxing, repaired creases, old folds. Linen-backed.
Text includes "The Advertiser, Adelaide. Friday, June 4, 1948."

24 Deadbeats [Jack Lang, Arthur Calwell] 1939
Ink and crayon with white gouache, signed [Will Mahony (Australian, 1905-1989)] in ink lower left, titled in colour pencil in lower margin, 24.6 x 33.3cm. Minor foxing, soiling to margins.
Captions read "Clive Evatt. Labor reconstruction, unlimited work for all" and "Cripes! They make me feel tired!"

25 Kerry Dundas Australian 1931-2010
Ruislip, NATO/USAF [London, UK], 1952. Vintage silver gelatin photograph, captioned, dated, annotated "Rensa Parole", signed in pencil and ink with photographer's stamp verso, 24.3 x 20.2cm. Minor soiling to image upper left.
Stamp includes "Kerry Dundas, 56 Chepstow Villas, London, W11, Bayswater, 6300." The South Ruislip RAF was a non-flying Air Force station located near London. The station was used by the United States Air Force's Third Air Force from 1949 until 1972, when the headquarters were moved to RAF Mildenhall. Ref: Wiki.

26 Elton Lewis. Your Local Liberal Candidate 1954
Process screen and letterpress, postcard format, 13.7 x 8.3cm. Crease to upper left corner, minor foxing.
Text includes "Federal elections 1954, Martin Division, Sat., 29th May. Voting is compulsory. Elton Lewis, resident of Balmain 55 years; served AIF (overseas), enlisting 16 years of age. The local candidate who knows your problems…Vote 1 Lewis E.S. For all information call Campaign Rooms, 105a Victoria Road, Drummoyne. Robert C. Dewley, Campaign Director. The Recorder Press, Five Dock, UA 3873."

27 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 1957
Vintage silver gelatin photograph, titled in pencil with attached Associated Press (AP) label with partly obscured credit line and
caption verso, 21.9 x 16.5cm. Crinkles, minor creases and tears to edges of photograph; surface loss and missing portions to label.
Shows Martin Luther King at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in 1957. Rev. King accepted his first pastoral position at this church, which was also the venue used by King to co-ordinate the Montgomery bus boycott from 1955 to 1956. Ref: The King Center; Congressional Pilgrimage.

28 Herbert Vere Evatt...
...and Letter Concerning Establishment Of ALP Newspaper, 1957. Vintage silver gelatin photograph with typed letter and envelope, photograph annotated "Mr Justice Evatt" and "by Monte Luke" in an unknown hand in pencil verso; typed letter addressed to a "Ralph Renard" with date "30th April, 1957" and signed by H.V. Evatt in ink, 20.2 x 15.3cm (image), 25.4 x 20.3cm (letter). Minor silvering to photograph, old folds and slight discolouration to edges of letter. Mounted together.
Monte Luke (Australian, 1885-1962) most likely took this photograph at the time Evatt became a Justice of the High Court. In the letter with a Parliament of the Commonwealth letterhead, Evatt, then leader of the Opposition, wrote "I am sure Mr Tripovich would be most helpful to you in supplying the information which you were seeking on Australian Labour Party policy. I wish you well in your studies. I have also noted your suggestion concerning a Labor newspaper. This is a subject which is now before the NSW Executive of the ALP. It has been a matter of frequent consideration by the party in various States and I agree with you as to the urgent necessity of Labor having an official organ through which it can state its case to the people…" Jack Tripovich was a leading member of the Left in the Victorian ALP.
The pair $1,650

29 Frank Campbell Australian d.1966
Labor's Straight Left Against The Bill Of Sale (Rights), c1958-1961. Ink with pencil, signed in ink and faded pencil lower right with artist's stamp verso, 25 x 33.4cm. Foxing, tears to edges, old folds, faded pencil inscriptions.
Stamp reads "Drawn by Frank Campbell, artist and teacher, 8 Mackenzie St, North Sydney." Provenance: Campbell estate. Image shows Bob Heffron, former Premier of NSW, for the Australian Labor Party, and Robert Askin, Leader of the Opposition, fighting over the Labor introduced proposal to abolish the NSW Legislative Council. The issue went to a referendum in 1961, in which the Labor plan was rejected, largely due to a strong campaign by Robert Askin and the Liberal Party. Ref: Wiki.

30 PM Menzies Meeting French PM Debre...
...and US President Eisenhower, 1959. Two vintage silver gelatin photographs, one with "UPI" press stamp and label verso, the other captioned in negative above image, 14 x 19.4cm; 17.1 x 21.7cm. Minor crinkles, scuffs, cracking, creases to edges. Mounted together.

Text reads (1) [PMs Robert Menzies and Michel Debre]. Paris, France: Australian Prime Minister, Mr Robert Menzies (left), is greeted with a warm handshake at Orly Airport this morning by the French Prime Minister, Michel Debre (right) on his arrival. London Bureau. 19th June, 1959... [UPI];" and (2) President Eisenhower welcomes Australian Prime Minister Robert G. Menzies to the White House. Caption continues "Menzies is one of the many political and diplomatic leaders from many parts of the globe who will attend the funeral services 5/27 for former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. UPI. Telephoto 5/27/59, Washington."
The pair $990

31 Kennedy Johnson. Leadership For The 60s 1960
Colour process lithograph poster, 45 x 33cm. Missing portions, repaired tears, creases, surface loss. Linen-backed.
Text continues "Citizens for Kennedy and Johnson, 261 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC. Union lithographer's label of America, Chicago 60." Ref: JFK Library.

32 Kerry Dundas Australian 1931-2010
[PM Gough Whitlam Opening The Exhibition "Modern Masters: Manet To Matisse" At The AGNSW], 1975. Vintage silver gelatin photo graph, signed in pencil verso with an erroneous title and date, 17 x 24.3cm. Developing flaws, creases, old handling crinkles.
Gough Whitlam, whose term of office was from 5 Dec. 1972 to 11 Nov. 1975, opened the Modern Masters exhibition on 9 April 1975, commencing with the statement "This is probably the most important art exhibition ever to come to Australia." Ref: PM Transcripts. Dundas was employed as the in-house photographer by the AGNSW from 1972 to 1988. Ref: AGNSW.

33 Kennedy For President. Leadership For The 60s 1960
Colour process lithograph poster, 53.6 x 34cm. Repaired tears, missing portions, soiling, old folds. Linen-backed.
Text includes "Democratic National Committee, Washington 6, DC." Held in JFK Presidential Library & Museum. Donald Wilson, who was Kennedy's assistant press secretary, was responsible for the brochures, posters, pamphlets, buttons etc for the 1960 Kennedy campaign. Wilson stated during his oral history interview with the JFK Library that "President Kennedy was fascinated with pictures of himself and extremely critical of them and so the poster was of great interest to him. The big problem in the summer of 1960 was whether to have a serious, mature poster or a smiling poster. At that particular time one of the major arguments being made by the Republicans was that he was not experienced enough to become president, and therefore, this led a lot of people around him, and himself included, in the beginning to think that he should have a rather serious mature poster. I convinced him that he looked wonderful smiling, but it wasn't easy..." Ref: JFK Library.

34 Letter from PM Robert Menzies to Dr Walter O.Paul
[Donation To National Gallery Of Australia], 1961. Typed letter on government stationary, 25.3 x 20.2cm. Old folds, some glue stains and old staple holes to upper left corner. Framed.
Letter addressed to "Dr Walter O. Paul, The Australian Club, Macquarie Street, Sydney" reads "Prime Minister, Canberra. 20 Sep 1961. Dear Dr Paul, my colleague, Sir Earle Page, has written to me about the offer you wish to make of your collection of very important paintings to the Commonwealth. I think you should know that the Commonwealth Art Advisory Board has shown great enthusiasm for your collection and has advised me unanimously that it should be accepted by the Commonwealth
Government. I join with the Board in expressing my gratitude to you for this important gift which is made even more important by the fact it is the first occasion on which a major collection of this sort has been offered to the Government. You can rest assured that the gift itself will be a stimulus to the development of a National Gallery in Canberra. Sir Earle has mentioned to me that you would like conditions of bequest established to smooth the way for your gift. I have asked my Department to examine what is involved in this and the Chairman and the Secretary of the Art Advisory Board will be in touch with you on this question in the near future. At the first opportunity during one of my forthcoming visits to Sydney I would hope to be able to express my thanks to you personally. Yours sincerely, Robert Menzies, Prime Minister. " The National Gallery of Australia was established in 1967.

35 John F. Kennedy c1961-1963
Appliqué with photographic transfer and hand-colouring, polyester filling and cardboard, 52.6 x 36.4 x 2.5cm. Water damage to upper and lower right portions, insect damage, old glue stains, slight soiling.
This mixed media collage was most likely made in Vietnam at the time of Kennedy's presidency and sold to the troops as a tourist item. It is based on a popular photograph by Fabian Bachrach (American, 1917-2010), which became Kennedy's official presidential photograph after his election. This work features a hand-painted and draped American flag; armchair and tie; as well as a screenprint of Kennedy's features and hands, reproduced from Bachrach's photograph. Ref: Washington Post, March 7, 2010.

36 Kerry Dundas Australian 1931-2010
The Leader Of The 1962 March, Professor Ritchie Calder, Atomic Physicist, 1962. Vintage silver gelatin photograph, titled and signed in ink and pencil verso with photographer's stamp, 24.2 x 20.2cm.
Stamp includes "56 Chepstow Villas, London W11." From the series Youth against the Bomb, 1961-1963. Held in NGV. The Aldermaston marches were anti-nuclear weapons demonstrations in the 1950s and 1960s, taking place on Easter weekend between the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston in Berkshire, England, and London. Ref: Wiki.

37 John F. Kennedy
(Young Milanese Liberals Mourn…), c1963. Letterpress with linocut poster, partially obscured printer's line lower left includes "Milana via Plinio. 22. Tel 265-076", 100 x 68.5cm. Missing portions, repaired tears and folds. Linen-backed.
Translated Italian text continues "the noble figure of John F. Kennedy. Champion of freedom and human dignity. We undertake to collect the heritage, confident that no barbarisms ever succeed to choke the higher ideals of freedom of the people, and civil and moral equality of all men. By the section of the City of Milan."

38 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
[And Ralph Abernathy], c1964. Vintage silver gelatin photograph, newspaper stamps verso, 20.6 x 27.2cm. Crinkles, minor stain lower left, chips to edges.
Stamps read "Rev. Martin Luther King Jr." and "received Examiner, reference library, Jun. 1, 1964." Ref: Library of Congress.

39 NSW Welcomes President Johnson
Sydney's Day For LBJ, 1966. Colour process lithograph poster, 50.5 x 38.2cm. Repaired upper and lower portions, slight surface loss. Linenbacked.
Text continues "22nd Oct. 1966. The Sydney Committee. Studio Press."

40 Kerry Dundas Australian 1931-2010
President Lyndon B. Johnson Visits Australia, 1966. Vintage silver gelatin photograph, dated, signed, titled and captioned in pencil verso with two photographer's stamps, 21.5 x 29.7cm. Minor chips and surface loss to upper and left edges.
Caption reads "Governor Cutler, Premier Askin, L.B. Johnson, Mrs Holt, Mrs Cutler, Lady Bird Johnson, Mrs Askin." Stamps include "Max Dupain and Assoc., 49 Clarence St, Syd. 29-4901" and
"11 Caley Cr., Lapstone, NSW. "

41 Jimilu Mason American b.1930
Bust Of Lyndon B. Johnson, 1966. Plaster and stand with bronze finish, date and signature incised into bust lower left, 23 x 8.9 x 8.9cm (overall). Minor chips to bust and stand.
Provenance: Purchased in Australia. Jimilu Mason's original bust of President Johnson was a clay model cast in plaster, then in bronze. "Though Johnson was reported by the Associated Press to have quipped to the sculptor 'I must say you certainly got the large Johnson ears,' he actually considered the finished bronze bust a favorite likeness. So pleased was he, in fact, that he presented miniature copies in simulated bronze to close friends and heads of state." Ref: US Senate.

42 David Moore Australian 1927-2003
President Johnson And Prime Minister Holt At Canberra Airport, 1966/2004. Silver gelatin photograph, "David Moore Authorised Editions" blind stamp in image lower right, titled, editioned 6/90, dated and signed by daughter Lisa Moore in pencil verso, 24.7 x 37cm.

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