Platypus Bay, Fraser Island 1947 signed with initial, dated and inscribed 'Platypus Bay / Oct 47 - N' lower left enamel on board 76.0 x 105.5cm (29 15/16 x 41 9/16in).
EXHIBITED Paintings by Sidney Nolan, Moreton Galleries, Brisbane, 17-28 February 1948, cat. no. 4 (20 guineas)
Nolan's interest in Fraser Island was sparked by two visitors to Heide, Tom Harrison who had trained Commandos there during the War and Barrett Reid, a Brisbane poet. The story of Mrs Fraser and Bracefell, the convict, now gave Nolan further purpose to visit the island. As a result he painted a small group of works, depicting the shipwreck of Captain and Mrs Fraser in 1838 and the landscape in which the events occurred, twelve of which, including the present work, were exhibited at the Moreton Galleries, Brisbane in 1948.
Other works from the first Mrs Fraser series include: Mrs Fraser (in the collection of Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane); Fraser Island (in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney); and Lake Wabby (in the collection of Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne).