Lot 76
Guy Stuart
In the Coppabella Hills 1996
Pastel, ink on paper
55.6 x 103cm (sheet) 77 x 124cm (Fr)
Signed upper right
Condition Excellent
Exhibited Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
Estimate $2,250 - $2,750

Lot 77
Bernie Gallagher
The Crocodile & The Echidna
Natural ochres on canvas
76 x 60.5cm
Inscribed verso Ngalangangpum School (AM 202/02
Condition Excellent
Exhibited Short Street Gallery, Broome
Estimate $100 - $250

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Lot 78
Rex Battarbee (1893-1973)
On the Way to Arltunga 1932
Watercolour
25 x 43cm (sight)47 x 66cm (Fr)
Signed lower left, inscribed verso with title
Condition Excellent
Estimate $500 - $1,500

Catalogue Details

Invalided after WWI, Rex studied commercial art then in 1928 he and fellow commercial artist John Gardner saved money to buy a T-model Ford which had been converted to a caravan and they set out on a fifteen-month trip, painting in Victoria and the Flinders Ranges SA. Their work appeared in successful exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney. On an expedition to South and Central Australia in 1932, they showed their paintings at the Hermannsburg Lutheran mission, on the Finke River, west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Returning to the Centre in 1934 to paint the MacDonnell and James Ranges, Battarbee and Gardner again displayed their work at Hermannsburg—this time for the benefit of the Aborigines. The representation of places familiar to the local Aranda (Arunta) people had great impact; among the viewers was Albert Namatjira, who asked for materials in order to do his own painting.

Rex's and Jack's brightly coloured landscapes attracted notice in Melbourne art circles, and they became prolific exhibitors and writers about inland Australia; in 1934 Battarbee won a Victorian centenary art prize for water-colour. He undertook his third visit to Central Australia in 1936 and found Albert still waiting for him at the mission. With the permission of the superintendent Pastor Friedrich Albrecht, Battarbee employed Albert as cameleer during excursions, each of one month, to Palm Valley and the MacDonnell Ranges. Battarbee taught Albert basic water-colour painting, and inspired by his pupil's aptitude; he included three of Albert's works in his 1937 Royal South Australian Society of Arts showing in Adelaide and next year arranged a solo exhibition for Namatjira at the Fine Art Society Gallery, Melbourne.

About 1940 Battarbee moved permanently to Central Australia. He conducted classes for an expanding group of Aboriginal artists and arranged further exhibitions of Namatjira's paintings in the southern capitals. As the Hermannsburg school of water-colourists developed, Battarbee became its promoter and helped to regulate the supply and distribution of its works to art markets; he was a member (from 1943) and chairman (1951-56) of the Aranda Arts Council and a member of the two advisory committees also formed to protect the artists' interests. During World War II the authorities considered closing Hermannsburg on the ground that its German staff constituted a security risk. A compromise was reached, however, and in 1942 Battarbee was appointed a protector of Aborigines and Commonwealth government officer overseeing the mission.

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Lot 79
Rex Battarbee (1893-1973)
Portrait of Willie Tjimba of the Pitjentjara Tribe 1967
Watercolour on paper on board
37 x 43cm (sight) 65 x 70cm (Fr)
Signed lower right
Condition Good, slight tear upper right
Exhibited Batterbee Gallery
Estimate $2,000 - $3,000

Catalogue Details

Invalided after WWI, Rex studied commercial art then in 1928 he and fellow commercial artist John Gardner saved money to buy a T-model Ford which had been converted to a caravan and they set out on a fifteen-month trip, painting in Victoria and the Flinders Ranges SA. Their work appeared in successful exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney. On an expedition to South and Central Australia in 1932, they showed their paintings at the Hermannsburg Lutheran mission, on the Finke River, west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Returning to the Centre in 1934 to paint the MacDonnell and James Ranges, Battarbee and Gardner again displayed their work at Hermannsburg—this time for the benefit of the Aborigines. The representation of places familiar to the local Aranda (Arunta) people had great impact; among the viewers was Albert Namatjira, who asked for materials in order to do his own painting.

Rex's and Jack's brightly coloured landscapes attracted notice in Melbourne art circles, and they became prolific exhibitors and writers about inland Australia; in 1934 Battarbee won a Victorian centenary art prize for water-colour. He undertook his third visit to Central Australia in 1936 and found Albert still waiting for him at the mission. With the permission of the superintendent Pastor Friedrich Albrecht, Battarbee employed Albert as cameleer during excursions, each of one month, to Palm Valley and the MacDonnell Ranges. Battarbee taught Albert basic water-colour painting, and inspired by his pupil's aptitude; he included three of Albert's works in his 1937 Royal South Australian Society of Arts showing in Adelaide and next year arranged a solo exhibition for Namatjira at the Fine Art Society Gallery, Melbourne.

About 1940 Battarbee moved permanently to Central Australia. He conducted classes for an expanding group of Aboriginal artists and arranged further exhibitions of Namatjira's paintings in the southern capitals. As the Hermannsburg school of water-colourists developed, Battarbee became its promoter and helped to regulate the supply and distribution of its works to art markets; he was a member (from 1943) and chairman (1951-56) of the Aranda Arts Council and a member of the two advisory committees also formed to protect the artists' interests. During World War II the authorities considered closing Hermannsburg on the ground that its German staff constituted a security risk. A compromise was reached, however, and in 1942 Battarbee was appointed a protector of Aborigines and Commonwealth government officer overseeing the mission.

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Lot 80
Rex Battarbee (1893-1973)
Modern Australian Aboriginal Art 1952
Book
33.5 x 24 x 3cm (slipcover)
Ed 20 130 signed by Rex Battarbee, Albert Namatjira & nine other artists
Condition Excellent
Estimate $1,000 - $3,000

Catalogue Details

Very Rare Rex Battarbee, with a forward by T.G.H. Strehlow, M.A Angus & Robertson, Sydney
First published 1951. This Limited Edition published 1952, containing 2 additional colour plates. Limited Edition number 20 of 130 signed title page in ink by Rex Battarbee, Albert Namatjira and nine other artists. 55 pages, text illustrated with 12 B/W photographs of artists plus total of 23 colour plates at front and to rear. Hardcover. Near Fine.
Rex Battarbee was Albert Namatjira’s teacher. Here he tells the story of discovering Albert’s talent and of his teaching him European techniques. Examines the emergence of the ""Hermannsburg School of Native Painting"". Chapters on the following Aboriginal artists of historical significance: Albert Namatjira, Edwin, Otto and Reuben Pareroultja, Walter Ebatarinja, Enos, Ewald and Oscar Namatjira, Henoch Raberaba & Richard Moketarinja.

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Lot 81
Otto Pareroultja (1914-1973)
(The Monoliths of Palm Paddock) 1946
Watercolour
27 x 38cm (sight) 46 x 57cm (Fr)
Signed lower right
Condition Excellent
Estimate $2,000 - $3,000

Catalogue Details

Hermannsburg artist. Son of Kristian & Auguste Pareroultja.

Lot 82
Otto Pareroultja (1914-1973)
(Landscape)
Watercolour
24 x 34cm (sight) 43 x 53cm (Fr)
Signed lower centre
Condition Good
Estimate $1,000 - $2,000

Catalogue Details

Hermannsburg artist. Son of Kristian & Auguste Pareroultja.

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Lot 83
Douglas Abbott (1943)
(Landscape) 1989
Watercolour
33 x 45cm (sight) 55 x 67cm (framed)
Signed lower right
Exhibited Warlayirti Artists,Balgo WA 2000
Condition Excellent
Estimate $1,500 - $2,500

Catalogue Details

Hermannsburg artist.

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Lot 84
Ewald Namatjira (1930-1984)
(Landscape with Corroboree) c. 1950
Watercolour
8 x 19.5cm (sight) 36 x 46cm (Fr)
Signed lower right
Condition Excellent
Estimate $500 - $1,500

Catalogue Details

Hermannsburg artist. Third son of albert & Rubina Namatjira. Early work, very unusual as depicting figures and corroboree in the landscape.

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Lot 85
Edwin Pareroulti (1918-1986)
Mt Hermannsburg, James Range, C.A 1961
Watercolour
37 x 53cm (sight) 57 x 72cm (Fr)
Signed lower right
Condition Excellent
Exhibited Tmara-Mara Gallery
Estimate $400 - $500

Catalogue Details

Hermannsburg artist. Son of Kristian & Auguste Pareroultja.

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Lot 86
Richard Moketarinja (1918-1983)
(Landscape with Gums)
Watercolour
26 x 38cm (sight) 47 x 57cm (Fr)
Signed lower right
Condition Excellent
Estimate $400 - $600

Catalogue Details

Hermannsburg artist.

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Lot 87
Richard Moketarinja (1918-1983)
(Landscape Green Foliage)
Watercolour
26 x 36cm (sight) 49 x 59cm (Fr)
Signed lower left
Condition Excellent
Estimate $400 - $600

Catalogue Details

Hermannsburg artist.

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Lot 88
Reuben Pareroultja (1916-1984)
Entrance to Palm Valley c.1950
Watercolour
22 x 35cm (sight) 40 x 53cm (Fr)
Signed lower right
Condition Excellent
Charles Mountford Collection
Estimate $500 - $1,000

Catalogue Details

Hermannsburg artist. Son of Kristian & Auguste Pareroultja.

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Lot 89
Reuben Pareroultja (1916-1984)
Mt Razorback c.1950
Watercolour
30 x 26cm (sight) 53 x 46cm (Fr)
Signed lower right, Aranda Art Council Stamp on verso
Condition Excellent
Estimate $500 - $1,000

Catalogue Details

Hermannsburg artist. Son of Kristian & Auguste Pareroultja.

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Lot 90
Walter Ebatarinja (1915-1968)
(Ayers Rock)
Watercolour
48 x 69cm (sight) 70 x 88cm (Fr)
Signed lower left
Condition Excellent
Estimate $600 - $1,200

Catalogue Details

Hermannsburg artist. First cousin and main pupil of albert Namatjira.

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Lot 91
Walter Ebatarinja (1915-1968)
(Hasst's Bluff)
Watercolour
37 x 53cm (sight) 67 x 82cm (Fr)
Signed lower right
Condition Excellent
Estimate $600 - $1,200

Catalogue Details

Hermannsburg artist. First cousin and main pupil of albert Namatjira.

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Lot 92
Gabriel Namatjira (1942-1969)
Rock Pool, Chewing Ranges, C.A
Watercolour
32 x 52cm (sight) 54 x 74cm (Fr)
Signed lower left
Condition Excellent
Estimate $500 - $1,000

Catalogue Details

Hermannsburg artist. Son of Enos Namatjira.

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Lot 93
Herbert Raberaba (1920-1980)
(Landscape) 1954
Watercolour
25 x 35cm (sight) 47 x 54cm (Fr)
Signed lower right, Aranda Art Council Stamp on verso
Condition Excellent
Estimate $500 - $1,000

Catalogue Details

Hermannsburg artist. Younger brother of Henoch Raberaba.

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Lot 94
Claude Pannka (1928-1972)
(Mt Hermannsburg) c.1950
Watercolour
38 x 53cm (sight) 61 x 77cm (Fr)
Signed lower right
Condition Excellent
Estimate $500 - $1,000

Catalogue Details

Hermannsburg artist.

SOLD