The Drover's Wife

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The Drover's Wife
Drysdale The Drover's Wife 1945.JPG
Artist Russell Drysdale
Year 1945
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions 51.5 cm × 61.5 cm (20.3 in × 24.2 in)
Location National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The Drover's Wife is a 1945 painting by Australian artist Russell Drysdale. The painting depicts a flat, barren landscape with a woman in a plain dress in the foreground—a man, a wagon and two horses are in the background.[1] The painting has been described as "an allegory of the white Australian people’s relationship with this ancient land."[1] The title of the painting comes from The Drover's Wife, an 1896 sketch story written by Henry Lawson.[2]

The painting is now part of the collection of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Gray, Anne. "The drover's wife". National Gallery of Australia. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "The drover's wife". The Le@rning Federation. Retrieved 2 November 2010.