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An image of Boys fishing or The compleat anglers by J J Hilder

J J Hilder

(Australia 23 Jul 1881 – Apr 1916)

Boys fishing or The compleat anglers
Other titles:
Boys Fishing (The Compleat Anglers)
Media category
Materials used
pencil, watercolour on paper

45.5 x 55.7 cm sight

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., blue watercolour "J. J. HILDER/ 1912".
Gift of Robert O Albert 2003
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

J J Hilder's watercolours had broad appeal to Australian taste in the early 20th century. He produced a significant body of watercolours that offer a romantic and intimate glimpse of the Australian landscape. The majority of his subjects were taken from the environs of Sydney. His career lasted just a decade, cut short by his premature death in 1916, but by this time his work was lauded by the art world; his work was the subject of the first significant monograph on an Australian artist (Sydney Ure Smith 'The art of J J Hilder' Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1918), and fifteen watercolours alone were gifted to the AGNSW by Howard Hinton in the year following Hilder's death.

This watercolour is closely related to another version in the AGSA collection ('The fishermen' 1909, 25.8 x 28.1 cm), purchased in 1942, however, it is a larger version painted, with some alterations, three years later.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003

Bibliography (4)

Deutscher Fine Art (Sydney), Australian art: colonial to modern, Sydney, 1986, (illus.). 57

Captain Brett Hilder and Lloyd Rees, The heritage of J. J. Hilder, Sydney, 1966, (illus.). plate no. III

Captain Brett Hilder., Jesse Jewhurst Hilder: anniversary exhibition, 'Introduction', Brisbane, 1966. 27; titled 'Boys Fishing (The Compleat Anglers)'; Collection of Mr Bim Hilder.

Anne Ryan., Foundation Newsletter #2, 'Australian PDW Benefactors', Sydney, May 2003, (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

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

Jesse Jewhurst Hilder anniversary exhibition (1966-1967):

Australian Art: colonial to modern: