Now based back in Penrith for a short while, this weekend we went to Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains to visit the Norman Lindsay Gallery, run by the National Trust.
Our guide was very informative and we enjoyed listening to all the history. Norman lived from 1879-1969.
The land and buildings was the artist’s home with his second wife from 1901. It is set on 45 acres – plus the purchase of extra land when he and his friends built a building near the home for his etching studio. After it was completed, he discovered the building wasn’t on his land and purchased the land from the owner before the owner found out Norman had build on it!
Norman made many sculptures and had them positioned so they could be seen from rooms inside the home. He was working on the one above and solved his problem of what to use as the water spout by taking the shower head from the family home. Great for the fountain, not so good for the shower.
We walked around the grounds to view the painting studio, etching studio and the home with gallery and shop, run by the National Trust. A pathway led us between more sculptures down steps to a ‘swimming pool’ Norman had made. Now empty and with grass at the bottom, we could imagine how magnificent it would have been back in the day to swim there and look out from the escarpment across the valley and mountains.
Norman Lindsay was prolific in producing oil and water colour paintings, pen and ink drawing, etchings and sculptures plus was a published author, and made replicas of ships. He produced (at short notice) every week a drawing for “The Bulletin” for about 50 years. His book “The Magic Pudding” has been in continuous reprinting for almost 100 years. How anyone could do so much in one lifetime is amazing.