This work is one of Russell Drysdale’s most celebrated paintings and amongst the most frequently reproduced images of twentieth century Australian art. Based on the Royal Hotel at Seymour on the Hume Highway, the painting evokes Drysdale’s particular sense of humour in observing events from everyday life, and shows a group of laconic country men standing with hands on hips or dangling at their sides. As one of Drysdale’s earliest paintings of a street in an outback town, a subject that later became so typical in his work, and the first painting by the artist acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria, Moody’s pub rapidly achieved iconic status.

Text © National Gallery of Victoria, Australia


  • Title: Moody's pub
  • Creator: Russell Drysdale
  • Creator Lifespan: 07 February 1912 - 29 June 1981
  • Creator Nationality: English
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Westmead, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Creator Birth Place: Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England
  • Date Created: (1941)
  • Location Created: Sydney, Australia
  • Physical Dimensions: 50.9 x 61.4 cm (Unframed)
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased, 1942, =A9 National Gallery of Victoria
  • External Link: National Gallery of Victoria
  • Medium: oil on plywood
  • Provenance: With Macquarie Galleries, 1942; from where purchased for the National Gallery of Victoria, 1942.
  • Place Part Of: Australia

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