The sculpture is based on a 1797 satirical drawing by M. Darly called A speedy and effectual preparation for the next world. It depicts an old widow at a makeup dresser with a grinning Death figure waiting nearby. The wagon was a hearse in the original. I've adapted M. Darly's drawing as a more positive composition without the death context.
Courtesy of Ceramic Break Sculpture Park
bronze, paint, mirror
42 x 27 x 12 cm
Judges of the 2012 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Guido Belgiorno-Nettis AM (Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW and Director of the Transfield Foundation), Natalie Wilson (Assistant Curator of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of NSW) and Professor Janice Reid AM (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney and Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW).
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