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Tattersall's Hotel found itself with the Australian equivelant of the Mona Lisa hanging in the bar! The occasion was the unveiling of a commemorative bronze (on the hotel’s corner) to the Australian artist Russell Drysdale and his iconic Painting West Wyalong. The painting which is valued at 2,2 million dollars joined the small sketch made by Drysdale when he stayed at Tattersall’s in 1949. The sketch (kindly lent by Albury City Art Gallery) was to be the centrepiece of the display in the bar until just before the event when we were told that Reg Grundy and wife Joy had agreed to send the painting for the day.

The Hon. George Souris, NSW Minister for the Arts (who is a huge fan of Drysdale) said in his speech that bringing the sketch and the painting together like this made the event a historical occasion. We were also joined by Drysdale’s daughter Lynne Clarke who gave a lively and entertaining account of her father’s love of country hotels and conversations with the locals.

The bronze by sculptors Gille and Marc is a permanent fixture outside the Hotel together with an interpretive panel explaining the Hotel’s connection with Drysdale. Financial assitance for this project came from Barrick Cowal Gold Mine, NSW government and Bland Shire Council.

For more information on Drysdale click here

For more information on Gille and Marc click here

For more information on Bland Shire Council click here

With the 'West Wyalong' painting (left to right) Landlord 'Jim' Clyburn together with Mandy Ball, Raelene Tane, Lesley Wright, Amie Clyburn and Letitia Payne. Tattersall's Hotel provided catering for the 150 invited guests at the opening, attracting some very favorable comments from the attendees.