(Australia 23 Jul 1881 – Apr 1916)
19.6 x 19.2 cm image; 20.0 x 19.7 cm sheet
J J Hilder was born at Toowoomba, Queensland. Greatly admired by his contemporaries, both artists and collectors, for his atmospheric watercolours; his career was cut short by his premature death from tuberculosis. Principally a watercolourist, he exhibited his first works in August 1907 at the Society of Artists exhibition in Sydney. Poor health deterred him from painting in oils, but he did make a small number of monotypes using oil paint between 1911 and 1913. Harry Julius, a colleague and friend of the artist, recalled in 1918:
I showed him a simple method of making monotypes, and for a time he was absorbed in it. The process was that of painting in oils on a piece of glass, placing a sheet of damp blotting paper on the painting and then rolling a bottle over the paper to get an impression. It is a tricky method, and amused him for a while.
(Harry Julius, 'Recollections of Hilder', Sydney Ure Smith and Bertram Stevens (eds), 'The Art of J J Hilder', Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1918, pg. 30).
excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1998
Captain Brett Hilder., Jesse Jewhurst Hilder: anniversary exhibition, 'Introduction', Brisbane, 1966. cat.no. 14; titled 'The National Gallery of New South Wales'
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 37 (colour illus.). cat.no. 21
Jesse Jewhurst Hilder anniversary exhibition (1966-1967):
Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999