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.
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
(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).
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.
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.
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.
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:
26 Elton Lewis.
Your Local Liberal Candidate
Process screen and letterpress, postcard format, 13.7 x 8.3cm.
Crease to upper left corner, minor foxing.
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
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
...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
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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
[And Ralph Abernathy], c1964. Vintage silver gelatin photograph,
newspaper stamps verso, 20.6 x 27.2cm. Crinkles, minor stain
lower left, chips to edges.
read "Rev. Martin Luther King Jr." and "received
Examiner, reference library, Jun. 1, 1964." Ref: Library
39 NSW Welcomes
Sydney's Day For LBJ, 1966. Colour process lithograph poster,
50.5 x 38.2cm. Repaired upper and lower portions, slight surface
continues "22nd Oct. 1966. The Sydney Committee. Studio
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.
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"
"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.
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.