Wednesday, January 28, 2004

lost and found

thought there was something vaguely familiar in that bad scan of the kangaroo, those muted blue tones of melancholic McCubbin with the impressionist (puckered matchbox surface) edges.

we're one panel short of a pioneers

more on The Lost Child here.

Comments: lost and found

Well found, B.
BTW have you read Peter Pierce's book about lost children and Aus?
Posted by wen at January 28, 2004 07:31 AM

No - but read 'about' it yesterday. Looks like another to put on the wanted list.
Posted by boynton at January 28, 2004 12:00 PM

so, let's get this straight in my fevered brain... are we saying that a matchbox cover was pinched from mccubbin and a kanga put on it, or that ms boynton, while keeping an eye on a certain dog artfully replaced one with the other? thus showing either how the world is full of coincidences or that some poor poor visually creative sod was so frustrated designing matchbox covers that this kind of joke is the only way to redeem his/her brutalised life? and is right now eking out a cubicled existence unaware that THE WORLD HAS FOUND OUT?
Posted by David Tiley at January 28, 2004 01:41 PM

Hang onto those strikes, B. Did you know it was McCubbin who actually painted the matchbox? Apparently it's the matchbox equivalent of the Penny Black. On second thoughts, the philanderer may have said: "You get a penny back."
Posted by Tony.T at January 28, 2004 01:56 PM


actually miss b was blushing at posting such a bad scan (even though the painterly quality of the found roo was half the point) and then looking at it thought: oh well it kind of looks a bit mcCubbinesque, so then did a quick paintshop collage...
and I just found the third panel:

as you can see I forgot to flip the kangaroo back after scanning...
(I thought the line "environmentally safe" was quite apt)

Yes I did know that Tony.
It was exhibited in the famous 2 x 1 ½ exhibition, along with Robert's Shearing the Ram, and Conder's (Parasol at) Mentone.

Well Penny's back legs account for her distinctive Lope. And apparently the 1930 Penny is very rare.
Posted by boynton at January 28, 2004 02:40 PM

Didn't the Heidelberg school do their rough sketches on the top of cigar boxes? Perhaps McCubbin was out of lids on the day he spotted the roo and grabbed the matches instead...
Posted by mcb at January 28, 2004 04:11 PM

ah yes, mcb! Bravo.
The missing link.

and actually if you see Conder's "How we lost poor Flossie"
"...probably the most endearing of Conder’s exhibits. The subject of this witty narrative is the small terrier in the centre of the painting, greeting a larger dog. Flossie belonged to Conder’s friend Frederick McCubbin and, following its encounter with this unknown canine, was neither seen nor heard of again"

I think Flossie might have made a cameo on the
(parallel universe) 2 x 1 ½ exhibition of impressions painted on matchboxes. Detail.
Posted by boynton at January 28, 2004 04:26 PM

Was Roberts a ringer?




And Lope Velez....
Posted by Tony.T at January 28, 2004 06:32 PM

yes Roberts is, and may have committed the odd blue bellied joe to matchbox.
(And The Tiff painting is a good match and could well blend into this Summer afternoon pastiche I think )

As you know Penny loped away to the tune "on the 14th January,1966"

And yes - Lope/lupe is now in the loop/soup.
More "Taylorology", Tony? (see Lupe's links)

Posted by boynton at January 28, 2004 06:52 PM

Oh dear/OMG - just spotted that TERRIBLE mistake.

Of course I meant "On The 14th FEBRUARY 1966" !!

To non-oz/ generation Y readers this was the day when we swapped to decimal currency. They had a TV campaign featuring 'Dollar Bill' and this last line was sung to the tune of "Click Go The Shears" - (which Tony refers to here) ...

Had January on my mind. Is it any wonder I don't win at Trivia? ;)
Posted by boynton at January 29, 2004 02:37 PM

Hmmm... now I'm noticing similarities between Lupe:

and the woman on the front of the redhead matches:

(except, of course, for the hair colour)
Posted by mcb at January 29, 2004 04:46 PM

again, mcb, that match-up is rather uncanny!

- and her hair morphs a bit here

(nb number 3: 'This is Penelope"...)
Posted by boynton at January 29, 2004 05:14 PM

Ha Ha. Such a mistake! Tsk Tsk. Here's a Taylorology - "Get a grip, Boynton!"

Lupe really IS pronounced Loop. As in Poop. It is I tell you. It is. Appropriate considering she drowned in her torr-let.
Posted by Tony.T at January 30, 2004 09:41 AM

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