An image of Ned Kelly

Sidney Nolan

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

Portalegre Tapestry Workshop

(Portugal  – )

Ned Kelly

Not on display
Further information

This impressive tapestry is based on Nolan's painting 'Kelly and horse' 1946, part of the artist's 1974 gift to the nation held at the Nolan Gallery, Lanyon, near Canberra. It was one of six unique tapestries Nolan had made, based on his first series of Ned Kelly paintings, at the Portalegre Tapestry Workshop, Portugal (also used by Arthur Boyd and John Olsen) during the 1970s. Subsequently, a number of these were exhibited at David Jones' Gallery in Sydney in 1973 and later in 1975, after the completion of this work.

Translation of the original painted image to a large tapestry, has resulted in an amplification of scale that greatly increases the dramatic and emotional impact of Nolan's subject.

Natalie Wilson
Curator, Australian & Pacific Art

Place of origin
Portalegre, Portugal
Textile, Weaving
wool tapestry
296.0 x 415.0 cm variable
Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner within weave, brown wool "Nolan". Not dated.

Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 2001
Accession number
© The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust/Bridgeman Art Library