Donald Friend (1915-1989) 'Love Me Sailor' 1949

Important Australian Art from the Collection of Reg Grundy AC OBE and Joy Chambers-Grundy, 2013, pp. 48 - 51
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2180 word essay examining 'Love Me Sailor', painted by Donald Friend at the remote settlement of Hill End near Bathurst when the artist was a youthful thirty-four. The subject matter concerns the unprecedented and never repeated jailing in 1946 of the Australian writer Robert Close for `obscene libel', in publishing his novel of the same name in 1945. The painting is a synthesis of Friend's multi-facetted early interests: landscape, figure drawing, allusion, 19th-century Australian-history, satire, contemporary life and social issues. The essay includes 8 notes and was based on primary research conducted at the National Gallery of Australia, the National Library of Australia, and site visit to Hill End.
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