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Sentry-box Reach, Hawkesbury River, New South Wales



Julian Ashton

England, Australia

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.


Other Title

Sentry Box Reach [1948]

Place where the work was made

Hawkesbury River Sydney New South Wales Australia



Media category


Materials used

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

Accession number


Artist information

Julian Ashton

Works in the collection


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history

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.). 53

Joclyn Howell and Joclyn Howell, Riverside Plants of the Hawkesbury-Napean, Sydney, 1995, cover. PS Worksheet 400

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. 1. The colour illustration on pages 2-3 is a detail of the image.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1991. 4

Lionel Lindsay, Howard Hinton memorial exhibition, 'Howard Hinton, OBE', pg. 2-3, Sydney, 1948, 10. 53; titled 'Sentry Box Reach'

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Art exhibition', Sydney, 27 Oct 1884. page unknown