My First Art Purchase

First art purchase

In either 1956 or 1957, so aged about 7 or 8, I was given fifteen shillings, 15/-¬† to spend at¬†the annual school fete, and for the first time¬†I could wander around all on my own and¬†choose what to spend my money on.¬†¬†That amount of¬†money was probably equivalent to about¬†5¬† Saturday afternoons at the movies in those days, so was a very decent amount to spend on baker’s toast,¬†toffee apples, handwork stall items,¬†pin the tail on the donkey and all the other now-old fashioned attractions that raised funds for the Parents and Friends Association of the School.

After I’d checked out¬†all the stalls I went back to the¬†one¬†displaying perhaps 60 or 80, maybe¬†more,¬†enchanting little¬†water colour paintings like this one above, in 15cm x 20cm frames, all priced at 11/6.¬†¬†¬†I knew I just had to have one, despite that it would take a large chunk of my pocket money; and¬†it took me quite a while to settle on this one which¬†I’ve adored ever since, still in¬†its original frame and glass – which isn’t¬†bad for a little painting that has travelled widely and frequently in the 60 years I’ve owned it….¬† Apparently the art teachers had gone out and painted all these little landscapes, which were then framed by one¬†of the parents who ran a picture framing gallery – prolly offcuts and glass oddments from his paying jobs – it was a very busy shop.¬† The¬†subject is¬† the Western Tiers, up behind Deloraine, Tasmania – a view that was very familiar to me then and which I still find so¬†dramatic today whenever I visit and hurtle along the Bass Highway out that way.¬† How lovely it was to enjoy it on my¬† recent visit to Perth,¬† where I took this picture.

Down the years I have acquired many other pictures, usually jointly with my dearly beloved, and mostly chosen because I/we love them Рplus we have inherited several really nice artworks.  This may be the smallest one we have, but for me it will always be very special.

2 Responses to “My First Art Purchase”

  1. margaret says:

    A delightful story on several levels, which yet again goes to show that paintings contain more than meets the eye!

  2. Maggie Winfield says:

    Allison, I love your story, and it does go to show that even children can enjoy art and select art that feeds their soul for many years. Lovely. Maggie Winfield

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