From my camp (Sirius Cove)
Australia, England, Australia
08 Apr 1867 - 01 Sep 1943
Sydney is an artists’ city – glorious – Roberts & I go to Mossman’s Bay [sic] & pull through the lazy green water, & then lunch under the shade in the open air, eggs, meat, cheese & 2 big bottles of claret grown in Australia. The little Bay seemed all asleep & so very peaceful.
Arthur Streeton, 1890
Arthur Streeton painted this sketch from a corner of the beach at Little Sirius Cove at Mosman Bay, the site of an idyllic artists’ painting camp known as Curlew Camp. With fellow artist Tom Roberts, Streeton led a bohemian lifestyle, living under canvas shelters and commuting to the city by boat.
oil on plywood
28.0 x 21.5 cm board; 47.0 x 39.4 x 3.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, blue oil "STREETON/ -96".
Bequest of Mrs Elizabeth Finley 1979
Shown in 7 exhibitions
Streeton's Sydney sunshine exhibition (1896), Exhibition Venue Unknown, 30 Nov 1896 -
Big Blue - the painted harbour (1997), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Jun 1997–29 Mar 1998
The well built Australian: Micheal Goldberg, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Jul 1999–08 Aug 1999
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
Referenced in 7 publications
Ann Galbally, Arthur Streeton, Melbourne, 1971, (colour illus.). colour plate no. 40; titled: 'Sirius Cove'; dated: 1896; Coll: Mrs Finley, Sydney
Ann Galbally, Arthur Streeton, Melbourne, 1969. cat.no. 76; titled: 'Sirius Cove'; dated: 1896; Coll: Mrs Finley, Sydney
Geoffrey Smith, Arthur Streeton and the Australian coast, Mornington, 2004, 18, 38. cat.no. 21; titled 'From my camp (Sirius Cove)'
Arthur Streeton, The Arthur Streeton catalogue, Melbourne, 1935. cat.no. 181, "1896. Artist's Camp (Sirius Cove). Oil. 10½ x 8. Estate, Mr Pinschof".
The Brett Whiteley Studio (Editor), Big blue: the painted harbour (list of works), Sydney, 1997.
Vivienne Webb, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Golden age', pg. 37-38, Sydney, 2000, 50 (colour illus.), 302.
Judith White (Editor), Look, Melbourne, Oct 2000, 9 (colour illus.).