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An image of Boulogne by Arthur Streeton
Alternate image of Boulogne by Arthur Streeton Alternate image of Boulogne by Arthur Streeton Alternate image of Boulogne by Arthur Streeton
Alternate image of Boulogne by Arthur Streeton

Arthur Streeton

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

Place of origin
Media category
Materials used
oil on canvas

91.8 x 153.0 cm board; 133.7 x 196.1 x 12.5 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown oil "A STREETON/ 1918 -".
Gift of the artist 1926
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Arthur Streeton was appointed an official war artist by the Commonwealth Government of Australia in May 1918. He arrived in France shortly after his appointment and was sent to a training school at Boulogne where he was taught how to use a gas mask.

Streeton was employed to produce at least 25 drawings and watercolours, and one large painting of a battle scene or other Australian Imperial Force involvement. In just over six months he was prolific, producing numerous drawings and watercolour studies on site, and completed works in his studio in London.

This picture depicts troops marching in the centre of Boulogne. Although many of Streeton’s war paintings concentrated on the landscape, this picture represents the machinery of war, both human and mechanical.

Bibliography (12)

Robert Croll and Lionel Lindsay, Arthur Streeton memorial exhibition, Adelaide, 1944. 6

Robert Hughes, The art of Australia, 'The Heidelberg school 1885-96', pg. 53-73, Ringwood, 1970, 65.

Lionel Lindsay, Streeton memorial exhibition souvenir catalogue, Sydney, 1945. 34

William Moore, The Story of Australian Art: from the earliest known art of the continent to the art of today (Vol. 2), 'War', pg. 45-70, Sydney, 1934, 69.

John Olsen, Art and Australia [series 3, vol. 1, no. 3], 'Sir Arthur Streeton', pg. 161-165, Sydney, Nov 1963, 164 (illus.), 165.

G.F.H. Schuler (Editor), Age, Melbourne, 14 Jul 1926, 13.

Geoffrey Smith, Arthur Streeton, 1867-1943, ''The centre of the Empire' Overseas 1897-1920', pg. 131-160, South Yarra, 1995, 156, 157 (colour illus.). 67

Arthur Streeton, The Arthur Streeton catalogue, Melbourne, 1935, 132. 117

Sydney Ure Smith, Bertram Stevens and Charles Lloyd Jones (Editors), The art of Arthur Streeton, Sydney, 1919, illus.. plate no. LVI

Editor Unknown (Editor), Argus, Melbourne, 14 Jul 1926, 17.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Herald, Melbourne, 14 Jul 1926, 8.

Author Unknown, Catalogue of the final exhibition of Arthur Streeton's pictures, Sydney, 1920. 35

Exhibition history (6)

With the Australian's on the Somme: Pictures by Lt. Arthur Streeton, Official Artist Atached to the Second Division, Alpine Club Gallery, London, 30 Jun 1919–Unknown

Mr Streeton's Pictures, Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne, 16 Mar 1920–Unknown

Final Exhibition of Arthur Streeton's Pictures, Vickery's Galleries, Sydney, 10 May 1920–Unknown

An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Arthur Streeton, Joshua Yeldham, Bayview, 14 Jul 1926–Unknown

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