William Dobell in New Guinea: Painter in Paradise
Orders are dispatched within 3 business days and shipping times are estimated at between 3-7 business days depending on your location within Australia.
Depending on the products you have ordered you may receive multiple shipments.
The time taken for an item to reach to you once it has been despatched depends on where it has been sent from.
Payment is taken in full when your order is placed. Please ensure the delivery address and receiver's name for your order is accurate and complete (including any business name if shipping to a work address) as we are unable to change any details once the order has been placed.
We will endeavour to supply all orders placed via this site. All products are listed for sale in good faith, but it is possible a supplier may notify us that a title is currently unavailable or no longer available. Upon receipt of this information from a supplier our online customer service team will contact you to let you know of the cancellation or delay of your order.
Prices are correct at time of publishing and are inclusive of GST where applicable.
If a pricing error is found, we reserve the right to either (a) arrange payment of any extra sum due or refund any over-payment made by you or (b) cancel the order.
We reserve the right to alter all product pricing without notice.
We reserve the right to cancel or delay an order where order details are incomplete or fraud is suspected.
We work hard to try to ensure our online stock levels are kept up to date. From time to time, some products may not be available and we will inform you as soon as possible if goods you have ordered are not in stock.
We put every effort into ensuring that our products are second to none. However, If you are not entirely satisfied with your order we are happy to provide an exchange or refund within 14 days of receipt. Returns must be unused and in a re-saleable condition with any National Trust swing ticket and all tags still attached. Delivery charges are non-refundable but we will send out a replacement free of charge. Please also provide proof of purchase, for example a delivery note or paper copy of a confirmation email. Contact us at email@example.com if you wish to organise a return.
William Dobell in New Guinea: Painter in Paradise exhibition catalogue published by National Trust S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney to coincide with the exhibition 29 May - 12 July 2015. Includes bibliographical references
In May 1949, renowned Australian painter William Dobell (1899 – 1970), in an endeavour to escape publicity after his 1948 Archibald Prize win, left Australia with his friend, writer Colin Simpson, in the company of philanthropist and trustee of Taronga Park Zoo, Sir Edward Hallstrom. One of 27 guests flown by Hallstrom from Australia to Port Moresby and on to his experimental sheep station and bird of paradise sanctuary at Nondugl in the central highlands of New Guinea, it was the first time Dobell had ever stepped inside an aircraft and despite initial nerves, the artist was captivated by everything he saw. For the following three months he drew and painted watercolours of the landscape, village life and the highlanders themselves, adorned with magnificent bird of paradise plumes, intricately constructed jewellery and elaborately painted faces and bodies.
Returning to Sydney, Dobell was haunted by his experience in the highlands and in April 1950, sponsored by Qantas Empire Airlines, returned to the area, this time extending his travels to include an extended period in Port Moresby and a boat trip on the Sepik River. On this second expedition, Dobell not only took his sketchbooks but a camera, and recorded on black-and-white film daily life in Mount Hagen and Nondugl, as well as rare early images of the Upper Sepik region. These photographs and sketches formed the basis of many paintings he was to produce in the following two decades.