Major acquisition boosts AGNSW's Ian Fairweather collection - Art Collector

Ian Fairweather, Last Supper, 1958, 97 x 224cm. Courtesy: Deutscher and Hackett, Sydney

27 October 2010 | The Art Gallery of New South Wales has acquired Fairweather’s Last Supper (1958) via a private sale from Deutscher and Hackett for $2.1 million.

Until the sale,
Last Supper was the most major Fairweather work still in private hands according to a Deutscher and Hackett spokesperson. It was originally owned by Daniel Thomas AM, a former curator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and was sold to a Melbourne private collector in the mid 1980s.

In an effort to rationalise and improve the gallery’s Fairweather holdings, two lesser works have been consigned to Deutscher and Hackett’s 17 November Sydney auction.
Gethsemane, another large religious work also from 1958, is estimated at $900,000 to $1.2 million, while Summer, a classic example of Fairweather’s work from the mid 1960s, is estimated at $180,000 to $240,000.

Jane O'Sullivan

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