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    Sale 7653

    Modern and Contemporary Australian and South African Art

    16 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 43

    Sir Sidney Robert Nolan, O.M., R.A. (1917-1992)

    Nine designs for Shark, Snake, Little Snake and others

    Price Realised  

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    Sir Sidney Robert Nolan, O.M., R.A. (1917-1992)
    Nine designs for Shark, Snake, Little Snake and others
    five signed 'Nolan' on the reverse, two inscribed 'Shark', two inscribed 'Snake', one inscribed 'Little Snake' on the reverse
    oil on paper
    unframed
    10 x 12in. (25.4 x 30.4cm.) (9)


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    Nolan's ambitious small panel sequences, known collectively as Oceania, included the 1,336 sheets of Paradise Garden (1968-70), the 1,620 sheets of Snake (1970-72), a smaller 180 sheet version of Snake (Snake II, The Peking Mural, 1973), Shark (1972-73) and its smaller version Shark II (1972-73). The 4,000 images which made up Paradise Garden, Shark and Snake were exhibited alongside Nolan's retrospective exhibition at the Royal Society, Dublin in June-July 1973.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN