An original pen and ink drawing, mounted and matted (visible image 56 × 235 mm); in fine condition.
This is one of a suite of drawings produced by Boxall to illustrate 'The Cities of Australia' by Katleen Ussher, published in London in June 1928; a photocopy of page 95 of the book, featuring this image as a head-piece, is attached to the rear of the mount. The book was a companion piece to 'The Australian Bush' by Mary Fullerton, illustrated by John C. Goodchild. Arthur D'auvergne Boxall (1895-1944) was born in South Australia; he studied architecture (and was articled for seven years), and 'he also studied drawing at the Adelaide School of Art under Will Ashton and at the School of Fine Arts, North Adelaide. When appointed art master at the Collegiate School of St Peter he gave up architecture, although evidence of this training remained in his drawing' ('Australian Dictionary of Biography'). From 1926, he spent three years in England; 'He studied under Henry Tonks and Wilson Steer at the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London, where he gained an honours diploma in fine art, prizes for composition, figure study and landscape, and a scholarship which enabled him to travel widely in Europe. In 1928-29 he exhibited with the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the Paris Salon, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the less conventional New English Art Club'. He died relatively young of tuberculosis.