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A young Australian 1930, cast 1931

A young Australian

Daphne Mayo | Australia 1895–1982 | A young Australian 1930, cast 1931 | Bronze | Purchased 1930 | Collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales | © Surf Lifesaving Foundation and the Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust

Daphne Mayo: Let There Be Sculpture | 4 November 2011 − 15 January 2012 | QAG | Free admission

Daphne Mayo created this embodiment of a virile young nation ‘as a relief’ from her labours on the Brisbane City Hall tympanum; its model, the young boxer Bill Chapman, also posed for one of the tympanum figures. When A young Australian was first shown in Sydney’s Society of Artists’ exhibition of 1930, it was immediately acquired by the (then) National Art Gallery of New South Wales, becoming Mayo’s first work to be purchased by a public collection and gaining her membership of the prestigious Society of Artists.