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An image of Bringing in the dinner by Robert Atkinson
Alternate image of Bringing in the dinner by Robert Atkinson

Robert Atkinson

(Australia, England, New Zealand 15 Nov 1863 – 1896)

Bringing in the dinner
Place of origin
SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Media category
Materials used
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
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (3)

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, Newtown, Apr 2005, 27.

Exhibition history (1)

19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005