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Girl, 1941

Amelda Langslow


My family love this painting my father, Sidney, painted when he was twenty-four. It is of my mother, Elizabeth, when she was pregnant.

Entitled ‘Girl,’ it is dated 1941 – the year of my birth.

It is a deceptively simple, graphic and monochromatic image of pregnancy that draws your eye to the heart. As my young parents separated shortly after I was born, perhaps the grey palette represents pain but luckily the little heart prevailed. Although it was some years before my father and I were able to be together, we remained close until his death in 1992.

I like to think that this painting, undistracted by detail, represents an almost ultrasound image of our origins.

Amelda Langslow was born in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia. Amelda is a lawyer who has specialized for many years in health law education in midwifery, neonatal nursing, operating room, acute and aged care. She is the daughter of Sidney Nolan and Elizabeth Paterson, Sidney's first wife. 

Sidney Nolan, Girl, 1941, enamel paint on canvas on cardboard, 57.8 x 46cm, private collection, © The Trustees of the Sidney Nolan Trust.


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Arts Council England