An image of Extravaganza

Grace Cossington Smith

(Australia 1892 – 20 Dec 1984)


Other titles:
An Extravaganza of the Orient
Not on display
Further information

Grace Cossington Smith painted this work following a visit to the musical play 'Chu-Chin-Chow, which was written and produced by the Australian actor-manager Oscar Asche and which broke all records for long running when he opened it in London in August 1916. The play ran until July 1921 when it closed in Sydney.

It opened in Australia at the Tivoli Theatre, Melbourne, 11 December 1920 and was presented by Hugh D McIntosh. It travelled to Adelaide, and opened in Sydney at the Grand Opera House on Easter Saturday, 26 March 1921. It was always advertised as "an extravaganza of the Orient".

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001

Place of origin
Turramurra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
oil on canvas on paperboard
49.9 x 47.5 cm board; 60.7 x 58.1 x 4.8 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.r. corner, black ink "G Cossington Smith". Not dated.
Purchased 1967
Accession number
© Estate of Grace Cossington Smith
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