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An image of Dry lagoon by J J Hilder

J J Hilder

(Australia 23 Jul 1881 – Apr 1916)

Dry lagoon
Other titles:
The dry lagoon
Media category
Materials used
pencil, watercolour on ivory wove paper

66.2 x 99.1 cm sheet; 92.5 x 123.3 x 4.7 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., blue/grey watercolour, "J.J.HILDER/ 1911".
Purchased 1911
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

J J Hilder was a noted watercolourist, greatly admired by his peers. Lionel Lindsay wrote a tribute following Hilder's premature death from consumption in 1916:

"Hilder’s is the romance of colour, and for him the eye is sole and final arbiter. His method was one of elimination. Like Cotman, [British watercolourist John Sell Cotman 1782-1842] he added nothing to nature, but he subtracted much ... within the limits of a few square inches of paper he is a master, commanding his vision with ease and delicacy, and, with a rare and individual mind, stating that vision in terms of originality and beauty".

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2001

Bibliography (22)

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 92 (colour illus.).

Art Gallery of South Australia, The Australian landscape, Adelaide, 1972. 30; titled 'The Dry Lagoon'

Douglas Dundas., The Etruscan, 'The watercolours of J.J. Hilder', Sydney, Sep 1959, 19 (colour illus.).

Anne Gray, Australia, 'Art nation: Australian landscape 1880-1920', pg. 146-183, London, 2013, 174 (colour illus.). 114

Anne Gray, Sydney Long: the spirit of the land, 'The mysterious Mr Long', pg. 15-41, Canberra, 2012, 21 (colour illus.).

Sasha Grishin, Australian art: a history, 'Art of federation', pg. 174-185, Carlton, 2013, 184, 185 (colour illus.), 548, 562. plate no. 18.7

Captain Brett Hilder., Jesse Jewhurst Hilder: anniversary exhibition, 'Introduction', Brisbane, 1966. 19; titled 'The Dry Lagoon'

Captain Brett Hilder and Lloyd Rees, The heritage of J. J. Hilder, Sydney, 1966. 180

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, 'Introduction: Painting in watercolour', pg. 8-16, Sydney, 1995, 11, 34 (colour illus.), 116. 21

Hendrik Kolenberg, Twentieth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1989. 32

Frances McCarthy, Ian North and Daniel Thomas, Australian landscape 1802-1975, 'The Australian Landscape', Adelaide, 1972. 30

Ewen McDonald, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 22, 23 (colour illus.).

Ian North., Special exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia: Seventh Adelaide Festival of Arts 1972, 'The Australian Landscape', Adelaide, 1972. 29

Barry Pearce and Haruo Arikawa, Two hundred years of Australian painting: nature, people and art in the southern continent, Tokyo, 1992, 112 (colour illus.). 61

Barry Pearce, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'Introduction: Convergent Spirits', pg. 10-19, Sydney, 2002, 15, 77 (colour illus.), 144, 147.

Michael Preston, Arts Club, '"Early impressions have a 'helluvalot' to answer for"', pg. 23-25, London, Autumn 2001, 24 (illus.).

Ursula Prunster and Edmund Capon, J.J. Hilder and contemporaries, Sydney, 1981, (illus.). 9

Ron Radford, Our country: Australian Federation landscape 1900-1914, 'Introduction', pg. 16-22, Adelaide, 2001, 20, 21 (colour illus.), 154.

William Splatt and Susan Bruce, 100 masterpieces of Australian landscape painting, Melbourne, 1986, 144, 145 (colour illus.). plate no. 69

Daniel Thomas, Creating Australia: 200 years of art 1788-1988, 'Twentieth Century Art: Nature', pg.132, Melbourne, 1988, 132, 134 (colour illus.).

Donald Williams, In our own image: the story of Australian art, Sydney, 2002, 61 (colour illus.).

Donald Williams, In our own image: the story of Australian art, Sydney, 1995, 74 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (13)

Society of Artists Spring Exhibition (1911), Society Rooms, Queen Victoria Markets, Sydney, Nov 1911 -

J.J. Hilder memorial exhibition (1916), Society of Artists, Sydney, 14 Jul 1916 -

Jesse Jewhurst Hilder anniversary exhibition (1966-1967):

The Australian Landscape (1972-73):

The Australian Landscape 1802-1975:

Western European and Australian drawings XVI-XX century, from Australian museums, State Hermitage Museum, Russia, Dec 1978–Feb 1979

J.J. Hilder and Contemporaries:

Twentieth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Apr 1989–25 Jun 1989

Two hundred years of Australian painting : Nature, people and art in the southern continent:

Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s:

Our country: Federation landscapes 1900-1914, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 14 Sep 2001–18 Nov 2001

Parallel Visions: Twenty-two artists from the Australian collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2002–May 2003

Australia, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 21 Sep 2013–08 Dec 2013