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Fireman's funeral, George Street



Arthur Streeton

Australia, England, Australia

08 Apr 1867 - 01 Sep 1943


'Fireman's funeral, George Street' is a rainy city streetscene by Streeton that depicts the enormous public response to a fireman's heroic death, as the coffin passes the Sydney Town Hall and Queen Victoria Building construction site.

International influences on Streeton's choice of subject matter and his evocative approach, include French and British Impressionism as well as the decorative, asymmetrical design and flattened picture plane of Japanese woodcuts. Streeton continued to experiment with these elements throughout the mid-1890s in his numerous paintings of Sydney Harbour and decorative panels on the subject of Sirius Cove completed whilst he was staying at nearby Curlew Camp.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


45.3 x 38.2 cm stretcher; 66.1 x 60.4 x 6.6 cm frame :

0 - Whole; 41 x 35.5 cm; sight dimension

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1980

Accession number


Artist information

Arthur Streeton

Works in the collection


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 6 publications


Okko Boer, Masters of the Heidelberg School, Leichhardt, 1998, 34 (colour illus.). plate no. 31

Edmund Capon, I blame Duchamp: my life's adventures in art, 'John Bull and the Little Boy at Manly', pg. 321-333, Sydney, 2009, 328.

Alan Krell, Fireworks: tracing the incendiary in Australian art, 'In its element', pg. 42-71, Mackay, 2005, 46, 47 (colour illus.), 50, 75.

John McDonald, Art of Australia. Vol 1: Exploration to Federation, ‘Individual and national feeling’, pg. 545-610, Sydney, 2008, 576, 578 (colour illus.).

Humphrey McQueen, Art Monthly Australia, 'Positions vacant', pg. 21-23, Canberra, Sep 2000, 21. review of 'Australian icons' exhibition

Barry Pearce, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Australian Art', pg. 5-26, Sydney, 1981, 23 (colour illus.). 37