"High Beach"
Some Western Australian History & Some Family History & Some More


Australian Horses Sketchbook

Cedric Emanuel, OAM

1906 - 1995

Cedric Raymond Emanuel was born on the first of July 1906 in Gisborne, New Zealand. Although it is said that his parents had emigrated to New Zealand from England twenty years earlier, his great grandfather, John Emanuel, a dentist, had migrated to Sydney in 1842.

At the age of four he moved to Sydney, New South Wales with his parents. He attended Abbotsholme Primary School in Killara, a suburb of Sydney and later at Bondi Public School which he left at fourteen. In 1920 he spent time in the "militia". Whilst a youth he became very proficient at drawing objects at short notice. While still at school he started studying art at the Royal Art Society under Dattilo Rubbo (1870-1955) and Julian Ashton (1851-1942). He learned etching from Sydney Long (1871 - 1955). In 1925 he commenced working as a commercial (advertising) artist at the State Studios (working for the first year on trial and without pay) and in his spare time continued sketching, painting and etching. His first exhibition held in 1938 was very successful. In the same year he won the prize for etching in the NSW Sesquicentenary Art Competition.

Throughout most of his life he was a regular swimmer and surfer. He was a member of the Bondi Surf Life Saving Club and was a patrol captain on Black Sunday, 6th February 1938. He also boxed (he was an instructor), wrestled and played football. He won the 1929 NSW State Amateur Middleweight Wrestling Championship, beating Jack Murray. Jack Murray was later to become famous as 'Gelignite Jack' from his antics in the Redex Around Australia motor trials. Cedric Emanuel retired early from serious competitive sport out of concern for his hands.

During the Second World War he served as an officer with the RAAF. A part of his service was in New Guinea where he was an unofficial war artist. His Wing Commander noted that "This officer has given splendid service and is fully capable."

He spent most of his life working as a freelance artist. His main focus was sketches in watercolour or ink depicting various aspects of Australia, many of which appeared in books. His work was popularised with such items as cards, scenic folios, calendars and wrapping paper. Apart from private collectors, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Library of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Victoria have acquired his works. In the 1970s he visited the UK and Europe. On Australia Day 1981 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to art.

In 1931 he married Bella Oppenheim, known affectionately as Billie. They had two children, Janese and David Morris. David represented both NSW and Australia in rugby. Cedric was upset by the sudden death of Bella in 1987.

Cedric Emanuel was described as a man of energy. He had many friends, enjoyed the company of his grandchildren, and never lost his passion for art.

Cedric Emanuel died, aged 88, in Sydney on the 28th February 1995, the day before a major collection of his works, Retrospectives went on display at the Jewish Museum in Darlinghurst. "No artist throughout Australia's history could have drawn and painted as many scenes of yesteryear, and of buildings and locations that are national heritage icons, than Cedric." said the then Governor of NSW, Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair at the opening. Anon. Emanuel Place in the Canberra suburb of Conder commemorates his name.

The Books of Cedric Emanuel

IllustratorAuthorTitle, Publishing details, commentsLocality
Emanuel, CedricRuhen, OlafAustralia, This Changing Land
Angus and Robertson, 39cm
A limited edition of 1600 signed and numbered copies was published in Australia 1972; a limited edition of 400 copies produced for the United Kingdom was also published in 1972; it was republished by A&R in 1976.
Australia
Emanuel, CedricClarke, M IAustralian Horses
Rigby Opal Books, 1975, 26cm, 30p, coloured illustrations
Victoria
Emanuel, CedricEmanuel, CedricAustralian Horses
Rigby, 1975, 27x35cm, 28p
Victoria
Emanuel, CedricClarke, M IAustralian Horses Sketchbook
Rigby Sketchbook Series, 1975, ob 4to, 63p
Australia
Emanuel, CedricRuhen, OlafBalmain Sketchbook
Rigby Sketchbook Series, 1975
New South Wales
Emanuel, CedricWatling, PamCairns Sketchbook
Rigby Sketchbook Series 1976; Published in Cairns' Centenary Year 1876-1976
Queensland
Emanuel, Cedric Roberts, Dale Cedric Emanuel's Canberra Sketchbook
Rigby Sketchbook Series 1976, ob 4to
Australian Capital Territory
Emanuel, CedricMcKay, AndrewCedric Emanuel's Melbourne Sketchbook
Rigby Sketchbook Series 1976, ob 4to
Victoria
Emanuel, Cedric Thompson, PatriciaCedric Emanuel's Paddington Sketchbook
Rigby Sketchbook Series 1975, ob 4to
New South Wales
Emanuel, Cedricvan Sommers, TessCedric Emanuel's Parramatta Sketchbook
Rigby Sketchbook Series 1977, ob 4to. Later, about 1980, republished as Historic Parramatta by the Parramatta City Council.
New South Wales
Emanuel, Cedricvan Sommers, TessCedric Emanuel's Sydney Sketchbook
Rigby Sketchbook Series 1974, ob 4to
New South Wales
Emanuel, Cedricvan Sommers, TessCedric Emanuel's Sydney Harbour Sketchbook
Rigby Sketchbook Series 1976 ob 4to, republished by Lansdowne 1997, softcover; also Cassell Australia, 1981
New South Wales
Emanuel, CedricNoneChaffey's Kingdom : the Sunraysia Story
Macmillan, for the Australian Dried Fruits Association, 1976, 16x21cm
Note: Cedric Emanuel's name was misspelt
Victoria
Emanuel, CedricEmanuel, CedricCoastal Towns of New South Wales and Norfolk Island
Cassell Australia, 1980 30cm
New South Wales and Norfolk Island
Emanuel, CedricFairfax, John, Edited by John BrennanDrift of Leaves
Ure Smith, 1952 22cm
Mainly Pacific & Europe
Emanuel, Cedricvan Sommers, TessEarly Sydney Sketchbook
First published in the Rigby Sketchbook Series 1978; subsequently published by the Royal Australian Historical Society in 1983 (paperback) and Hutchinson in 1984.
New South Wales
Emanuel, CedricEmanuel, CedricThe Etchings Of Cedric Emanuel
Angus & Robertson, 1980, printed By Norman J. Field, 39 cm
Limited edition of 300 signed and numbered copies
Australia
Emanuel, CedricKeesing, NancyGarden Island People
Wentworth Books, 1975, 25cm
New South Wales
Emanuel, Cedric Rodd, L.C.Gentle Shipwreck
Thomas Nelson, 1975 22cm
New South Wales
Emanuel, CedricPhillips, ValmaiGoulburn Sketchbook
Rigby Sketchbook Series 1975
New South Wales
Emanuel, CedricMcLean, DonaldThe Great South Land. The Story of Australia - Book 2
Angus & Robertson, 1975, 26cm (Text book)
Australia
Emanuel, CedricMcLean, DonaldHard Times and Rough Justice. The Story of Australia - Book 2
Angus & Robertson, 1975, 26cm (Text book)
New South Wales
Emanuel, CedricRuhen, OlafHistoric Buildings of Sydney Sketchbook
Rigby Sketchbook Series, 1972 reprinted 1975
New South Wales
Emanuel, Cedric (drawings);
Prenzel, Fritz (photography)
Nichols, Alan;
Garland, Jill;
Martin,/td>
Historic Churches of New South Wales
Reed, 1978, 29cm
Australia & the World
Emanuel, CedricEmanuel, CedricThe Historic Rocks area of Sydney
Rigby, 1974, 23x27cm
Limited signed and numbered edition of 1000 copies. Republished as The Rocks Sydney's Most Historic Area, Cassell 1979 oblong octavo
New South Wales
Emanuel, CedricEmanuel, CedricHistoric Sydney: Drawings and Notes
Printed by S. & A. Wheeler 1970, 39cm
Limited edition of 1000 copies.
New South Wales
Emanuel, CedricEmanuel, CedricHistoric Towns of New South Wales
Cassell Australia, 1979 30cm
New South Wales
Emanuel, Cedric?Sigmond Hoffnung & Co LtdThe House of Hoffnung 1852-1952: 100 Years of Wholesale Trading in Australia
John Sands, Sydney 1952
Australia
Emanuel, CedricThompson, PatriciaHunter's Hill Sketchbook
Rigby Sketchbook Series 1973
New South Wales
Emanuel, CedricPark, RuthNorfolk Island and Lord Howe Island
Serendip, 1982 22x26cm
Norfolk & Lord Howe Islands
Emanuel, CedricGeeves, PhilipPhilip Geeves' Sydney
Angus & Robertson, 1981, 29cm
New South Wales
Emanuel, CedricMercer, DavidPortrait of Adelaide
Rigby 1975 30cm
South Australia
Emanuel, CedricScott, BillPortrait of Brisbane
Rigby 1976 30cm
Queensland
Emanuel, CedricWard, KirwanPortrait of Perth
Rigby 1977
WA
Emanuel, CedricEmanuel, CedricPortrait of Sydney
Angus and Robertson (Publishers) Ltd, 1971; new edition Rigby, 1978
NSW
Emanuel, CedricEmanuel, CedricPortrait of Tasmania
Rigby 1974
Tasmania
Emanuel, CedricFairfax, JohnRun O'Waters: Tales of Australian Country, People and Places, the Lisp of Rivers and the Song of Birds
John Sands, n.d. [1948] 23cm
Australia
Emanuel, CedricRuhen, OlafSouthern Highlands (of N.S.W.) Sketchbook
Rigby Sketchbook Series 1974
New South Wales
Emanuel, CedricEmanuel, CedricSouthwest Pacific Sketchbook Prentice-Hall (New York), 1945 23x29cmPapua New Guinea and Pacific Islands
Emanuel, Cedricvan Sommers, TessSydney Harbour
Cassell Australia, 1981. 22x26cm
Is this a reprint of Cedric Emanuel's Sydney Harbour Sketchbook published by Rigby?
New South Wales
Emanuel, CedricPark, RuthThe Sydney We Love
Nelson, 1983, republished 1987; 29cm
New South Wales
Emanuel, CedricEmanuel, CedricSydney Yesterday & Today
Angus & Robertson, 1978 38cm
New South Wales
Emanuel, CedricPark, RuthThe Tasmania We Love
Nelson, 1987, 29cm
Tasmania
Emanuel, CedricBeatty, BillA Treasury of Australian Folk Tales & Traditions
Ure Smith 1960, 1965, Walkabout Pocket Book, 1969; National Book Distributors & Publishers (nd)
Australia
Emanuel, CedricDutton, GeoffreyWaterways of Sydney: a Sketchbook
J.M. Dent, 1988 21cm
New South Wales
Emanuel, CedricPhillips, ValmaiWatsons Bay Sketchbook
Rigby Sketchbook Series 1973
New South Wales
Emanuel, CedricMcLean, Donald While the Continent was Sleeping. The Story of Australia - Book 1
Angus & Robertson, 1975, 26cm (Text book)
Australia & the World
Emanuel, CedricThompson, PatriciaWindsor Sketchbook
Rigby Sketchbook Series 1975
New South Wales


Cedric Emanuel Portfolios

Australia ... A Wide Country: A portfolio of 6 drawings Self-published, 1977, 23cm
Australia's Unique Fauna: A portfolio of 6 drawings Self-published, 1977, 23cm
Berrima: Heart of the Southern Highlands of NSW : A portfolio of 6 drawings
Six drawings in a folder (Historic Colonial Inn; Victoria Inn Built 1834; Berrima Court House; Old Gaol Gates - Berrima; Berrima - Est. 1834 Surveyor General Inn Australia's oldest (contd) Licensed Hotel; White Horse Inn). On the front of the folder is a drawing captioned "Berrima, NSW on the Hume Highway" and on the back is a sketch captioned "Berrima Gaol Entrance" and a brief history of Berrima.
Self-published, n.d. 17x21cm
Canberra: A Symbol of Australia's Progress: A portfolio of 6 drawings
(Blundell's Farmhouse, Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, Academy of Science, St. Johns)
Dalton Publishing Company, n.d [1971?], 23cm
Charm that is Paddington: a portfolio of 6 drawings Self-published, n.d, 24cm
Historic Carcoar, a Perfect Reminder of our "Early Days": A portfolio of 6 drawings Self-published, n.d, 23cm
Historic Sydney: A Portfolio of 6 Drawings
(The Garrison Church & Argyle Cut; The Harbour Bridge from Argyle Place; Harrington Street, the Rocks Sydney; Old houses in York Street, Sydney overlooking the Opera House; Sydney Cove from Kirribilli; The Hero of Waterloo Hotel Windmill St the Rocks Sydney 1967)
Self-published, nd, 17 x 21cm
Pacific Portfolio
A portfolio of 6 pencil drawings
John Sands, n.d, up to 14.5 x 18.8cm
The Rocks Historical Area of Sydney: A Portfolio of 6 Drawings
(Argyle Place and Lower Fort Street; Argyle Cut The Rocks; The Garrison Church & Argyle Cut; Argyle Place & Garrison Church; Agar Steps, Observatory Hill to Kent St Sydney; The Steps at Dawes Point)
Self-published, n.d, 23cm
Sydney: A Portfolio of 6 Drawings Self-published, 1977, 33cm
Sydney's Magnificent Opera House: A Portfolio of 6 Drawings
(Sydney Opera House, Sydney Opera House from Dawe's Point, Sydney Opera House, Sydney's Opera House, Opera House from Sydney Cove, From the Botanic Gardens On the front of the folder is a drawing captioned "Sydney Opera House" and on the back is a sketch of the Opera House site from earlier days (?) and some notes).
Self-published, 1971, 23cm


References:
Anon (1995) "Sydney was gifted, prolific artist's lifetime love and subject" in The Sydney Morning Herald 2 March 1995 p4
Australian Government It's an Honour website. Accessed 18 June 2006.
Champion, Rafe (1995) "Illustrator depicted changing nation" in The Australian (newspaper), 2 March 1995 p12
Clarke, M.I. (1975) Australian Horses Sketchbook Rigby (biographical details on dust jacket)
Darby, Garry (nd) Cedric Emanuel: "I Know you are an Artist" Hippo Books NSW (printer)
Emanuel, Cedric (nd) Berrima: A portfolio of 6 drawings
Emanuel, Cedric (1945) Southwest Pacific Sketchbook Prentice-Hall New York
National Archives of Australia (NAA) A9300, Emanuel CR
Stark, Andrew "The History of [Sydney]Grammar [School] Rugby" in Friends of Grammar Rugby website. Accessed 6 October 2006.
Ward, Kirwan (1977) Portrait of Perth Rigby (biographical details on dust jacket)