Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A visit to Adelaide, Part 2

Following are more pictorial highlights of our recent sojourn in Adelaide.

Shane in the Morgan Thomas Gallery of the magnificent Art Gallery of South Australia

DK admiring the J. W. Waterhouse painting Circe Invidosa, 1892, oil on canvas

The Arts and Crafts movement is showcased in the Art Gallery of South Australia's basement,
including the Morris & Co. tapestry The Adoration of the Magi, purchased by the gallery in 1917 

The original State Library of South Australia

Some of the library's treasures

Shane admires the view from the first floor level of the State Library of South Australia

Back in bayside Brighton, their art deco cinema seems to have a more secure future than our Astor Cinema in Melbourne

Shane and wooden companion awaiting coffee outside one of Brighton's delightful cafes
that have sprung up in recent years

One of our favourite places in South Australia is the historic property Carrick Hill, located at the foot of the Adelaide Hills in suburban Springfield. Carrick Hill House was completed in 1939. It was the home of Sir Edward Hayward and his wife Lady Ursula (née Barr-Smith). The house, its contents and grounds remain largely intact. For me, Carrick Hill’s greatest draw card is its extraordinary permanent collection, especially the twentieth century British art, including works by Stanley Spencer, Augustus John, Gwen John and Jacob Epstein. After Sir Edward Hayward’s death in 1983 (his wife had predeceased him) the house was bequeathed to the state. You can read about the property HERE and its collection HERE.

Part of Carrick Hill's superb garden

Robin Rogers and Shane Jones approaching Carrick Hill house

Carrick Hill entrance hall

Paintings by Stanley Spencer: Monkey Puzzle Tree and Sunflowers

Bust of George Bernard Shaw, 1934, by Jacob Epstein

Albert Einstein sculpture captured in a linocut by Australian artist Eric Thake
paired with the original work (1933) by British sculptor Jacob Epstein 

Robin and Shane viewed from Carrick Hill's fine oak staircase

Setting off to explore Carrick Hill's garden 

On the way home from Carrick Hill my uncle was keen to show us the grave of composer Percy Grainger. I’ve always found old cemeteries fascinating, but had never before visited Adelaide Cemetery. By sheer accident, I discovered the grave of Adelaide born writer and artist Barbara Hanrahan. Back in the 1980s I met her on a couple of occasions, once at the Print Council of Australia, where I worked as an administrative assistant, and some time later when I was printing in the access workshop of the former premises of the Australian Print Workshop in Fitzroy. She was a warm gentle, person, and it was a thrill to meet her. I’m a longtime admirer of her books and artwork, which had a considerable influence on my early work so coming upon her grave was especially poignant.

Barbara Hanrahan's family grave, Adelaide Cemetery

A small selection of Barbara Hanrahan’s work can be viewed HERE and there is a short biography HERE. To hear Hanrahan herself speak about her work, click HERE.