John Salvana

(Australia 1873 – 1956)

Trees of the forest that brave the frosts and the fires

Other titles:
Trees of the forest - (that brave the frost and the fires)
Not on display
Further information

Born in New Zealand, John Salvana studied at the Art Society in Sydney in 1897 and in 1912 under Frank Calderon (1865-1943) in London. Later he was a theatre artist in Brisbane.

The title of this work is from Adam Lindsay Gordon's poem 'From lightning and tempest' in 'Sea spray and smoke drift' (1867). Many nineteenth century Australian artists turned to contemporary Australian poetry for titles to their works and were called upon to provide illustrations to poetry and prose in the periodicals of the time. Gordon (1833-70) was a popular poet in the 1890s, before his untimely death, by suicide.

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005

black, white and grey gouache
50.7 x 27.5 cm sheet; 78.7 x 54.5 x 3.3 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, black gouache "John Salvana"

Purchased 1898
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