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15th November, 2016

Rare McCubbin Painting Unveiled after 137 years for first time


Ron Smith from the Victorian Artists' Society Council interviews David McCubbin, great grandson of Frederick McCubbin at the unveiling of An Old Politician at the Victorian Artists' Society, 430 Albert Street, East Melbourne. 

‘An Old Politician’ (1879) by Frederick McCubbin, one of the first works he sold, was unveiled for a public viewing after 137 years at 12.00 noon Tuesday 22 March 2016 at the Victorian Artists’ Society in East Melbourne.

Painted by Frederick McCubbin when he was 24, the painting has been in a Private Collection since it was sold in the 1880’s, after being exhibited in 1879. 

Australia 1855 - 1917
Oil on canvas, 53.5 x 37 cm
Private Collection 

Frederick McCubbin in the costume he wore to an Artist's Carnival, which was held to raise money for the Victorian Artists’ Society building.

The painting was unveiled by artist David McCubbin, the great grandson of Frederick McCubbin, at the official launch of a $1.5 million Building Restoration Appeal for the Victorian Artists’ Society heritage listed building. The Society will have its 150th milestone celebration in 2020.