Bringing in the dinner
Australia, England, New Zealand
15 Nov 1863 - 1896
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
pencil, watercolour, white gouache
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/ ...".
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2004
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005
Referenced in 3 publications
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.