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Sam asleep in Madrid, 2005

by Nicholas Harding

ink on paper
45 x 75 cm (open sketchbook)
Collection of Nicholas Harding and Lynne Watkins, Sydney

Sam Harding (b. 1993), student, is the son of Nicholas Harding and Lynne Watkins. The three have travelled together a great deal. Often, awake with jet lag, Harding’s whiled away the time drawing his slumbering family. Several of Harding’s tender drawings of the baby Sam were exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Idle Hours in 2009-2010. In this exhibition he is pictured, too, on an airline refuse bag in a neighbouring showcase. 

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.