229 229 E. PRELIMINARY ARTWORK: 1929 1½d Western Australia Centenary (Swan) Artist’s sketch in pencil on tracing paper (245x171mm) of the approved design, signed in ink “G Pitt Morison” at lower-right BW #138ES(1), minor wrinkles & a small repaired tear at right, Cat $3000. UNIQUE. Ex Alex Hick. Melbourne-born artist George Pitt Morison was an associate of Arthur Streeton and the “Heidelberg School” . In 1906 he joined the staff of Fremantle’s Museum & Art Gallery, eventually becoming Curator. He retired in 1942 and died four years later. Provenance: The Arthur Gray Collection, October 2015, Lot 403.����������������������������������������������������� $1,250–1,500 230 230 P. DIE PROOF: Die proof with blank value tablet in the issued colour for the 1½d on wove paper BW #139DP(1) recessed in a thick card mount (83x90mm), label with printed ‘DESIGNED DRAWN and ENGRAVED/at the/ COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA/NOTE and STAMP PRINTING BRANCH/FITZROY, VICTORIA/JOHN ASH, STAMP PRINTER/7TH MARCH, 1930’ affixed to the reverse, minor toning that does affect the proof, Cat $20,000. Ex WCG McCracken and Walter Lederer. [McCracken succeeded John Ash as Commonwealth Note & Stamp Printer in April 1940]. Only 2 examples exist. One of only two recorded undenominated but otherwise completed design Australian Commonwealth die proofs in private hands. As such, an extremely significant item. The only other such item is the following lot: Provenance: The Arthur Gray Collection, October 2015, Lot 410.�����������������������������������������������������$7,500–10,000 34