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Title

Bringing in the dinner

1889


Artist

Robert Atkinson

Australia, England, New Zealand

15 Nov 1863 - 1896


About

This watercolour gives a rare glimpse of daily life at one of the artists' camps on Sydney Harbour in the 1880s. The figure in the watercolour may be 'Old Ben', a retired sea captain who was the camp's caretaker and cook. Old Ben was also painted by a number of other artists, including AJ Daplyn and Julian Ashton. A small portrait study in watercolour is on the verso.

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005


Details


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

1889


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

pencil, watercolour, white gouache


Dimensions

31.4 x 23.7 cm sheet; 54.8 x 47.2 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., brown watercolour "R. Atkinson ... 89/ ...".


Credit

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2004


Location

Not on display


Accession number

252.2004


Artist information

Robert Atkinson

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2005, Sydney, 2005, 18. 63.

Hendrik Kolenberg, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, 'Introduction', pg. 6-16, Sydney, 2005, 12, 94 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Australian images from the past: whether rarely seen or familiar, these works move and delight us', pg. 24-27, Sydney, Apr 2005, 27.