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Title

Aboriginal family group

(circa 1886)


Artist

Julian Ashton

England, Australia

27 Jan 1851 - 27 Apr 1942


About

Julian Ashton was born in England and studied at the Royal Academy School, London, and at the Académie Julian, Paris, before coming to Australia in 1878 to work for the 'Illustrated Australian News' and 'Australasian Sketcher' in Melbourne. He moved to Sydney in 1883 to work on 'The picturesque atlas of Australasia'. Ashton was a major influence on the appreciation and teaching of art in Sydney, establishing his own art school, which still operates today. He was President of the Art Society of NSW and a trustee of the AGNSW.

According to his autobiography, 'Now came still evening on' (1941) pg 53 Ashton visited an Aboriginal camp some miles out of Kiama on the south coast of NSW, where he remembered seeing "a fine looking native and his two lubras… They lived in a little construction something like an Indian wigwam. They had two children – a boy of about six years and the other just out of babyhood. I persuaded the father to allow me to make a drawing of them. He stood with his hand out and holding the younger child in his arms."


Details


Other Titles

Gib it bacca Boss

Give blackfellow tobacco boss!


Place where the work was made

Kiama New South Wales Australia


Date

(circa 1886)


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

pencil, watercolour, white gouache


Dimensions

38.0 x 25.3 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., "J.R. Ashton 188 (illeg.)".


Credit

Purchased 1888


Location

Not on display


Accession number

19


Artist information

Julian Ashton

Works in the collection

27


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 13 publications

Bibliography


Julian Ashton, Now came still evening on, Sydney, 1941, 53-54, opp. 126 (illus.). titled 'Gib it bacca Boss'

Jane de Teliga, Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1979, 1.

Geoffrey Dutton, The Art Gallery of South Australia Festival Exhibitions 1974, 'The Australian Aboriginal portrayed in art', pg. 34-41, Adelaide, 1974, 40. cat.no. 53; titled 'Gib it bacca Boss'

Dinah Dysart, Julian Ashton 1851-1942, Sydney, 1982, 13. cat.no. 20

Grafton Galleries, Exhibition of Australian art in London, London, 1898. cat.no. 129

Hendrik Kolenberg, Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1991. cat.no. 2

Hendrik Kolenberg, Everyday life: prints drawings and watercolours from the collections of Australian and European art, Sydney, 1994.

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1899, Sydney, 1899. cat.no. 479 Water Colours- Australian

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1891, Sydney, 1891, 69 (illus.). cat.no. 257, Australian Court

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1888, Sydney, 1888, 78 (illus.). cat.no. 104, Watercolours, titled 'Gib it bacca Boss'

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1893, Sydney, 1893, 110 (illus.). cat.no. 402, Australian Court

Ian North (Editor), The Adelaide Festival of Arts 1974: Special exhibitions at the Art Gallery of South Australia, The Australian Aborigine Portrayed in Art, p35-41, Adelaide, 1974. cat. no. 53; titled 'Gib it bacca Boss'

Author Unknown, Australian Artists Association Inaugural Exhibition, 1886, (illus.). titled 'Give blackfellow tobacco boss'.