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Title

Seeking for gold - cradling


Artist

Walter Withers

Australia

1854 - 1914


About

'Seeking for gold - cradling' is a heroic depiction of the Australian worker and landscape. It presents two men fossicking for gold in a stream, saturated in brilliant sunlight. Each man is using a gold cradle - a box on inclined rockers containing metal sieves, which was moved by hand to process soil, capturing gold in the base of the cradle.

After arriving in Melbourne in 1883, English-born Walter Withers continued his studies at the National Gallery School. He became a central member of the Heidelberg group of artists and was a strong advocate of plein-air painting. In January 1893 Withers held outdoor painting classes in the gold mining town of Creswick, Victoria. Here he painted landscape and mining subjects including 'Seeking for gold - cradling', demonstrating his affinity with the Australian landscape. Other related works by Withers are held in the National Gallery of Australia and the City of Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.


Details


Other Titles

Gold fossicking

Cradling

The gold puddlers

Gold fossickers


Place where the work was made

Creswick Victoria Australia


Date

1893


Media category

Painting


Materials used

oil on canvas on hardboard


Dimensions

67.0 x 49.6 cm board (irreg.); 95.1 x 77.2 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., brown oil "Walter Withers/ 93".


Credit

Gift of the Australian Securities Exchange 2012


Accession number

235.2012


Artist information

Walter Withers

Works in the collection

6


Place

Where the work was made
Creswick

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Andrew Mackenzie, Famous australian art: Walter Withers, 1854-1913, Brisbane, 1989, 10, 11 (colour illus.). titled 'Cradling'

Andrew Mackenzie, Walter Withers: the forgotten manuscripts, 'A short biography of Walter Withers', pg. 105-137, Lilydale, 1987, 41 (colour illus.), 120, 129. titled 'Cradling'

Victorian Artists Society (Compilator), Victorian Artists' Society April exhibition 1893, Melbourne, Apr 1893, 8, 9 (illus.). titled 'Seeking for Gold - Cradling'; cat.no. 6; priced 20 guineas (illustration is a line engraving).