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An image of Fireman's funeral, George Street by Arthur Streeton

Arthur Streeton

(Australia, England, Australia 08 Apr 1867 – 01 Sep 1943)

Fireman's funeral, George Street
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
Not on display
Further information

'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

Bibliography (6)

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, Surry Hills, 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, Acton, 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

Exhibition history (6)

Three years on: acquisitions 1978-81, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Oct 1981–01 Dec 1981

Images of Sydney and Environs 1850-1950 (1985), New South Wales House, London, Mar 1985–May 1985

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000

Sydney studios, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 14 Aug 2004–26 Sep 2004


Streeton's Sydney, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 04 Aug 2007–23 Sep 2007