brush with fame
While staying at Tattersalls in 1949 famous Australian artist Russell Drysdale made a small sketch in brown ink and pastel from just outside this hotel. The sketch would later transform into one of Drysdale's most iconic paintings 'West Wyalong 1949' depicting a particularly poignant moment at dusk with dark shadows and bright sky. In the painting Main Street is empty of people, but in the far distance can be seen the light from a small cafe.
A celebration bronze easel was placed outside Tattersalls in 2014 together with an information panel. For just a few hours the painting itself and the sketch (acompanied by two armed guards) graced the wall of the our bar for all to admire.