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An image of Sheoak hill by John Mather

John Mather

(Scotland, Australia 1848 – 18 Feb 1916)

Title
Sheoak hill
Other titles:
The oak hill
A sketch
Year
1888
Media category
Watercolour
Materials used
pencil, watercolour
Dimensions

39.0 x 53.7 cm sight

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., brown watercolour "J. Mather. 88".
Credit
Purchased 1888
Accession number
4401
Location
Not on display
Further information

John Mather was born in Scotland and studied in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Paris before coming to Australia in 1878. A landscape painter, teacher and etcher, he was a trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, a Felton Bequest Committee member and President of the Victorian Artists Society. The trees in this watercolour appear to be Allocasuarina littoralis, or black sheoaks.

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 (5)

Jean Campbell, Australian watercolour painters: 1780 to the present day, 'The 1880s and 1890s: Victoria and New South Wales', pg. 62-81, Roseville, 1989, 64 (illus.). titled 'The oak hill'

Hendrik Kolenberg, Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1991. cat.no. 52

Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 90 (colour illus.).

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, An historical survey of Australian watercolour painting, Australian Commonwealth Jubilee celebrations 1951, Sydney, 1951. cat.no. 7; titled 'A sketch'

Bernard Smith, 100 years of Australian painting, 'Foreword', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 1948, 13. watercolours cat.no. 5; titled 'A sketch'

Exhibition history (5)

Victorian Artists Society Spring Exhibition (1888), Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne, Nov 1888 -

100 years of Australian painting (1948), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Apr 1948–17 May 1948

An historical survey of Australian watercolour painting:

Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection (1991), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 1991–07 Jul 1991

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