Sentry-box Reach, Hawkesbury River, New South Wales
27 Jan 1851 - 27 Apr 1942
Ashton's 'Sentry-box Reach' was painted when he was a staff artist for The picturesque atlas of Australasia; a position which allowed him to travel widely. The Hawkesbury soon became a favourite haunt for painting. He returned to it frequently with artist friends. 'Sentry-box Reach' is a classic example of nineteenth-century British watercolour technique – transparent washes of watercolour over barely perceptible pencil outlines, occasionally with some minor scraping out for highlights. It is a particularly convincing study of the expanse and conditions of the Hawkesbury landscape.
Sentry Box Reach 
pencil, watercolour, scraping out on paper
59.7 x 92.4 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.l., brown watercolour "J.R. ASHTON". Dated l.r., "1884".
Gift of Howard Hinton 1924
Not on display
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Seventh Annual Exhibition Art Society of New South Wales (1886), Sydney Town Hall, Australia, 17 Apr 1886 -
Howard Hinton memorial exhibition (1948), National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 1948–30 Apr 1948
Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection (1991), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 1991–07 Jul 1991
Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s:
Referenced in 9 publications
Julian Ashton, Now came still evening on, Sydney, 1941, 51.
Caroline Clemente, Australian watercolours 1802-1926: in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1991, 71 (illus.).
Dinah Dysart, Julian Ashton 1851-1942, Sydney, 1982, 4, 21 (illus.). not exhibited
R.H. Goddard, Lionel Lindsay and C.B. Newling, A memorial volume to Howard Hinton patron of art, Sydney, 1951, 91 (colour illus.). cat.no. 53
Joclyn Howell and Joclyn Howell, Riverside Plants of the Hawkesbury-Napean, Sydney, 1995, cover. PS Worksheet 400
Hendrik Kolenberg, Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1991. cat.no. 4
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, 'Introduction: Painting in watercolour', pg. 8-16, Sydney, 1995, 2-3 (colour illus.), 8-9, 17 (colour illus.), 113. cat.no. 1. The colour illustration on pages 2-3 is a detail of the image.
Lionel Lindsay, Howard Hinton memorial exhibition, 'Howard Hinton, OBE', pg. 2-3, Sydney, 1948, 10. cat.no. 53; titled 'Sentry Box Reach'
Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Art exhibition', Sydney, 27 Oct 1884. page unknown