Grandma's Sunday Walk, 1972, which has not been seen on the secondary market for more than 30 years, sold for £1.8 million (AUD$2.976 million) on 25th June. This set a new world record price for the artist and became the fifth highest auction price ever for an Australian artwork.

Russell Drysdale, Grandma's Sunday Walk, 1972Image: Mossgreen Russell Drysdale, Grandma's Sunday Walk, 1972
Image: Mossgreen

George Russell Drysdale was born in Bognor Regis, Sussex in 1912 to an Anglo-Australian farming family, who went on to settle in Melbourne, Australia, in 1923. Paul Sumner, CEO of Mossgreen commented on the importance of this piece in terms of the Australian art canon.

''Russell Drysdale’s Grandma’s Sunday Walk represents a truly iconic image of the Australian outback by one of Australia’s most important artist’s. While it was a relatively late work in the artist’s career, it had everything going for it with scale, quality and its composition that sums up the harshness of the Australian outback and celebrates the every-day heroes that Drysdale made his name with,'' commented Sumner. ''The painting was created for a show at Leicester Galleries London in 1972 as the artist showed mostly there at that time.''