Hunt on for Canberra paintings

By Ian Warden
Updated April 18 2018 - 11:37pm, first published October 3 2012 - 3:00am

The Canberra Museum and Gallery has just emerged from the scrum of an art auction with a beautiful new acquisition bristling with Canberra significances. With just the briefest gander at it here on this page you can see that Ethel Carrick Fox's oil painting, Colonnades of Canberra's Civic Centre (circa 1944), is a merry depiction of some part of Civic that survives today. It's embracing either the Melbourne or Sydney building (perhaps the latter seen from the former?) on a gorgeous autumn day. The poplars' leaves are an egg-yolk yellow and the sky is cornflower blue. Canberrans, who wouldn't be dead for quids on a day like this, are gambolling and shopping in the background. It's jolly cycling weather, the parked bikes in the foreground proclaim. No need to padlock them in those innocent times.

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