Date: 5 March 2017 | 11am

Location: Sydney

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A Collection of Early Sydney Pictures to be offered
Art|Asia|Jewels Sunday April 9, 11 am

Theodore Bruce is proudly presenting a fine Collection of Early Sydney Pictures & other works from the Collection of Mr Owen Esmond Friend (1881-1942) amongst other fine offerings.

Owen Esmond Friend, born 1881, was a well know pastoralist, business man & company director, son of Owen Friend & grandson of William Smaile Friend, who arrived in 1839 and was the founder of WS Friend & Co.

Throughout his life Owen Friend was an avid collector of art works and related volumes of early Sydney which were known in the family as the “old Sydneys “.

His passion for collecting was complemented by his 26 years as a member, committeemember & later President, between 1931-1933, of the The Royal Australian Historical Society.

He married Enid Ann Clift in 1909 & together they raised 2 daughters, as well as built Wirian (later the home of artist Martin Sharp) in 1923, the Halligan & Wilton designed house on Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill.

In 1935 he & his family moved to “Beverley”, 335 Edgecliff Road & it was here that O.E Friend died suddenly in 1942 aged 60 of dengue fever.

A posthumous exhibition (organised by the RAHS) of his Collection of Early Sydney Picutres was shown at History House in Young Street, Sydney in 1943, a copy of the catalogue is available for viewing.

The some of the works on offer from OE Friend’s Collection formed part of this exhibition & have remained in the family until this time.

Theodore Bruce is offering these works and others from this historic collection.

The Collection includes watercolours, drawings & engravings by Colonial artists such as Conrad Martens, John Skinner Prout, Frederick Terry, The Port Jackson Painter , George French Angas, Edward Dayes, John Eyre, Louis de Sainson, Joseph Lycett, Oswald Brierly, works by later artist’s include Lionel Lindsay, Neville Cayley, Percy Spence & Henri Tebbitt to name a few.

Othr auction highlights include: Charles Blackman’s c.1970 work The Gift along with works by Albert Namatjira, Marie Tuck, James Cant, Dora Chapman, Norman Lloyd, Russell Drysdale, Kevin Connor, Western Australian Artists Rex Wood, George Whinnen, Ivor Francis & Henri van Raalte

International works include: a work by renowned Contemporary Chinese Artist, Shoo-Leong Wee and works by James Scott, Franz Roubaud, Jon Forrest Lightfoot, Ernest Walborn, Rawel Senet Y Perez, Felice Auguste Rezia.

An interesting work of possibly the British School of the early 1800s celebrating in horse racing in France. Horse racing became popular in France from the end of the Napoleonic wars when the English passion for the sport spread to the French between 1807-1833 and took place on the Champ de Mars, Paris in front of L’Ecole Militaire.

For more information & condition reports contact: Sally Hardy (

On View in our Sydney Rooms:

Friday 7 April 10am-7pm
Saturday 8 April 10am-4pm
Sunday 9 April 10am-11am

Auction begins 11am

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