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Reproduced courtesy of James Thomson

The Nation's Lifeline

Date: 1991
Dimensions:
Overall: 955 x 1260 x 22 mm
Medium: Acrylic on board, framed
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from James Thomson
Object Copyright: © James Thomson
Classification:Art
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00033939
Place Manufactured:New South Wales
Related Place:Balmain,

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    Description
    A painting by James Thomson titled 'The Nation's Lifeline' the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand ship UNION ENDEAVOUR discharging containers at Balmain in 1991.
    Significance'The Nation's Lifeline' depicts modern Australian waterfront activity at Balmain, a location long associated with the maritime industry of Sydney.

    HistoryJames Thomson painted 'The Nation's Lifeline' in three weeks in 1991 because he wanted to depict contemporary trade and commerce on the waterfront. The painting became his entry for the ACT A Maritime Art Awards. The painting was hung in the ACT A Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum.
    James Thomson describes himself as a modern realist painter and the object of his art is 'narrative - social and political comment and creating a visual record of our times'.

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