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FREDERICK MCCUBBIN
1855-1917

What the Little Girl Saw in the Bush 1904

Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,600,000

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FREDERICK MCCUBBIN

1855-1917
What the Little Girl Saw in the Bush 1904

oil on canvas
signed and dated 'F McCubbin / 1904' lower right
96.5 x 66 cm

Provenance

Frederick McCubbin, Melbourne
Athenaeum Upper Hall, Melbourne
Private Collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above in April/May 1904
(Probably) Sidney Dark, Melbourne
Kozminsky Gallery, Melbourne
Graham Joel, Melbourne, by 1970
Private Collection, Melbourne, by descent from the above

Exhibited

Mr. Fred McCubbin's Exhibition of Australian Paintings, Athenaeum Upper Hall, Melbourne, 22 April 1904, no. 16, £21.0.0
First City of Mordialloc Arts Festival, Mentone City Hall, 1-5 May 1965, no. 22, 'Fantasy'
Spirit of Place, Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria, August 1977, no. 39, 'Fairies in the Glade'
The Art of Frederick McCubbin, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 18 December 1991 - 25 February 1992, and tour, no. 42, illustrated
Our Country: Australian Federation Landscapes 1900-1914, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 14 September - 18 November 2001, illustrated
Masterpieces of Australian Impressionism, Bonhams & Goodman, Melbourne, 24-26 July 2009, no. 9
Looking for Fairies: The Victorian Tradition, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, 16 October - 28 November 2010, illustrated
A Distinguished Private Collection of Australian Art, Sotheby's Australia (now trading as Smith & Singer), Melbourne, 25 February - 8 March 2013, no. 65, illustrated
The Graham Joel Collection, The Australian Club, Melbourne, May – August 2018, no. 6, illustrated

Literature

'Mr. McCubbin's Exhibition of Paintings', The Age, Melbourne, 22 April 1904, p. 8
'Exhibition of Australian Art', The Argus, Melbourne, 22 April 1904, p. 7
'Mr. McCubbin's Exhibition of Paintings', The Leader, Melbourne, 23 April 1904, p. 26
'Social Circle', The Leader, Melbourne, 14 May 1904, p. 37
James MacDonald, The Art of Frederick McCubbin, Lothian Book Publishing, Melbourne, 1916, p. 96
Leigh Astbury, 'The Art of Frederick McCubbin and the Impact of the First War', The La Trobe Library Journal, Melbourne, Vol. 6, No. 24, October 1979, pp. 81 (illustrated), 82
Ann Galbally, Frederick McCubbin, Hutchinson, Melbourne, 1981, plate 24, pp. 110, 111, 112, 115 (illustrated), 148
Leigh Astbury, City Bushman: The Heidelberg School and the Rural Mythology, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1985, pp. 175, 195-196
Andrew Mackenzie, Frederick McCubbin 1855-1917: 'The Proff' and His Art, Mannagum Press, Melbourne, 1990, p. 124
Bridget Whitelaw, The Art of Frederick McCubbin, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1991, pp. 76, 77 (illustrated)
Ron Radford, Our Country: Australian Federation Landscapes 1900-1914, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2001, pp. 82, 83 (illustrated), 155
Anne Gray, McCubbin: Last Impressions 1907-17, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2009, pp. 44, 45 (illustrated)
Anna Clabburn, Looking for Fairies: The Victorian Tradition, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, 2010, n.p. (illustrated)
Geoffrey Smith and David Hansen, A Distinguished Private Collection of Australian Art, Sotheby's Australia (now trading as Smith & Singer), Melbourne, 2013, pp. 4, 10, 36 (illustrated), 37 (illustrated), 98

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