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Bromley pictures a slice of SA life

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Renovations have left an Adelaide hotel with more than 20 surplus signed and numbered David Bromley lithographs.

While the prolific artist is better known for his graphic-style nude female portraits, the artworks owned by Quality Hotel Tiffins on the Park are mostly South Australian landscapes.

Hotel owner Jonathon Rice said up to 70 Bromley lithographs were originally hung in the hotel.

He understands they were bought by former hotel owner Bill Sparr, founder of the Sparr Group of companies, who was involved in numerous Adelaide hotel and restaurant developments.

“He bought this property and renovated it and wanted to create something that was associated with Australia, so he contacted David Bromley and bought them [the lithographs] and put them throughout the hotel rooms,” Rice said.

“They’re great pieces. They’re, beautiful, colourful, interesting and have a strong South Australian connection.”

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There are pictures of St Peter’s Cathedral, York Peninsula, the Angas Memorial, the Colonel Light statue, Granite Island jetty and the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Some of the works reflect Bromley’s penchant for nostalgia and whimsy, including a headless and legless giraffe, a tin toy truck and twins at Myponga.

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Rice has owned the hotel for three years and said that while some of the lithographs were still hanging following the latest renovations or had already been sold, he has about 25 left over.

“Some of the rooms just had too many pictures in them.

“There’s also a variety of colours and some were more appropriate with the new colour palette in the rooms.”

After consultating with Theodore Bruce Auctioneers and Valuers, he has put a price of $150 on each of the remaining framed 830cm x 630cm artworks.

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Inquiries about the lithographs can be made direct to Jonathon Rice via email.

 

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