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Banner - Operative Painters & Decorators Union of Australasia, Victorian Branch, 1915 Object Reg. No: SH 970002

Summary:
Large trade union banner produced for the Operative Painters' & Decorators' Union of Australasia, Victorian Branch, 1915. It is painted on two sides of a single piece of canvas and was made by W. G. Dunstan.
It was included on the Victorian Heritage Register 8 December 2005.
Description:
Side 1: The central area has four female figures representing Art (with palette and brushes), Sign writing (with mahl stick and brush), Paperhanging and Pasting (with scissors, roll of paper and container of paste). The figures are framed by a loggia decorated with the linked triple eight and are grouped around a monument, inscribed with words attributed to Schiller. A coat-of-arms using abstracted forms derived from two main sources - the arms granted to the London guild of painters in 1486 and the arms subsequently given to the Company of Painter-Stainers who amalgamated with them in 1502 - is in the centre near the top, while the name of the union runs along the top and bottom edges.
Side 2: A depiction of the interior of a large drawing room, with figures demonstrating the variety of skills needed at the time for painting, decorating and paperhanging, including marbling, gilding, freehand drawing and frieze painting. In the centre a paper hanger prepares paper on a trestle table; to the left a second paper hanger stands on a ladder-supported plank while below him a painter sits on a step and paints marbling on the wall next to him. Towards the rear of the room other painters are busy working on gilding, friezes, murals and wall paintings. Signed lower right corner.
Acquisition Information:
Long-term Loan from Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU), 1997
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 350.00 cm (Height), 430.00 cm (Length)
Weight: 39 kg (Weight)

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Tagged with: painting decorating, trade unions, trades, working life
Themes this item is part of: Operative Painters & Decorators Union, Melbourne, Victoria, Victorian Trade Union Banners: a proud tradition - Origins, Victorian Trade Union Banners: a proud tradition - Imagery, Victorian Trade Union Banners: a proud tradition - The Banners, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE UNIONS
Secondary Classification: Building & Construction
Tertiary Classification: banners
Inscriptions: Side 1: OPERATIVE PAINTERS & DECORATORS; UNITY/ THE MURMURS/ THAT GO TO MAKE/ THE THUNDERS ROAR/ TAKEN SINGLY, MIGHT LULL/ AN INFANT TO REPOSE/ UNITED THEIR VERY CRASH WOULD/ SHAKE THE ETERNAL VAULTS OF/ HEAVEN.; W.G. DUNSTAN; VICTORIAN } OF AUSTRALASIA. { BRANCH.
Side 2: OPERATIVE PAINTERS & DECORATORS/ W.G. DUNSTAN 1914/ VICTORIAN } OF . AUSTRALASIA. { BRANCH.
Artist: W. Dunstan, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1915
Commissioned By: Operative Painters & Decorators Union of Australia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1915

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