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The Scheding Index of Australian Art & Artists

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Now comprising over 50,000 records, the Index was begun in 1985 as a simple checklist of books and other printed material in Stephen Scheding’s private Australian art library. Index entries record not only publications but information and associations found within each item, data not usually found in online library catalogues, for example.

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Niel Gren Self Portrait

Nils Gren (Niel A. Gren) 1893 - 1940
Self Portrait 1919
oil on board; 28.5 x 22cm inscribed and signed lower left: To my friend/R S Wakelin/with best wishes/ from Niel A Gren/27.2.1919
Exhibited: 'Sydney Moderns – Art for a New World', Art Gallery of NSW, 2013; Illustrated: The Artist, 1941 (cover illustration); Early Sydney Moderns, Jean Campbell, Craftsman House, 1988, p31; Sydney Moderns – Art for a New World, Art Gallery of NSW, 2013, p40.