Cynthia Nolan - An Appreciation

Posted on May 10, 2022

When in March 2022, The Putney Society installed a Blue Plaque on Deodar Road commemorating Sir Sidney Nolan, the distinguished Australian artist who lived there with his wife Cynthia from 1960 until her death in 1976, our attention was been drawn to the key part that Cynthia Nolan played in his success.

Cynthia (Reed) Nolan was a tireless and formidable promoter and guardian of her husband's work. A woman of great charm, intelligence and sympathy,  was also a distinguished travel writer. Her four much-praised books arose out of her many travels with Sidney - to the Australian outback, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, and China. In them she provides vivid descriptions of the peoples and landscapes they encountered, and a unique record of her conversations with Sidney about art, all of which helped to established his international reputation.

Her ashes are buried under the oak tree in the garden of the house in Deodar Road.