An image of Robbed

Sidney Nolan

(Australia, England 22 Apr 1917 – 28 Nov 1992)


Not on display
Further information

'Robbed' was created at a key moment in Sidney Nolan's early career. Dating from the artist's important 1946-47 Ned Kelly series, it is one of several paintings that were edited out of the final core of works chosen to represent the Kelly narrative.

Painted when a more lyrical mood had evolved in the series, 'Robbed' is bathed in a soft light, evoking a dreamlike quality - a portent of perhaps of impending violence. The naked figures may be humiliated police, stripped of their uniforms and their horses stolen - possibly the two whom the Kelly gang ambushed at Jerilderie. Alternatively, 'Robbed' may be loosely based on earlier incidents in Kelly's career and intended for the beginning of the series, to portray the germination of the bushranger's notoriety.

Ripolin enamel on hardboard
91.5 x 122.0 cm board; 102.0 x 132.2 x 2.0 cm frame
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Nelson Meers Foundation 2004
Accession number
© The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/Bridgeman Art Library
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