Oscar Namatjira (1922-1991) was the son of well-known indigenous Australian artist, Albert Namatjira (1902-1959). Both were members of the Hermannsburg School, an art movement that began in the 1930s and characterised by the use of watercolours to depict the luminous colours of the outback landscape in the Western Arrernte region of Australia’s Northern Territory.
This piece was assessed as being in fairly poor condition.
It had been fully adhered to an acidic backing board, causing the paper to yellow and discolour. There were also extensive foxing spots across the surface, as well as mountburn, pin holes in the corners, surface dirt, and small losses and tears around the edges. Mat board residues and adhesives were also present on the edges of the piece.
The piece underwent a full conservation treatment, including:
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