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An image of A waterhole on the Hawkesbury River by Julian Ashton

Julian Ashton

(England, Australia 27 Jan 1851 – 27 Apr 1942)

Title
A waterhole on the Hawkesbury River
Other titles:
Waterhole on the Hawkesbury
Place of origin
Hawkesbury RiverSydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Year
1885
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on canvas
Dimensions

59.0 x 95.0 cm

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., "J.R. ASHTON/ 1885".
Credit
Transferred to the Gallery by the Colonial Secretary 1892
Accession number
5892
Location
Not on display
Further information

Julian Ashton deliberately fostered an identifiable Australian Art and he was to prove enormously influential in the capacity of administrator and teacher in Sydney in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Ashton's most consistent advice was to paint the landscape, in front of the motif and although his own canvases rarely bear witness to this advice, many significant painters in the early twentieth century heeded it.

In 1884 Ashton and A.J. Daplyn camped on the banks of the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney, and this work is a result of that trip. Sketching for the 'Picturesque Atlas of Australasia' made Ashton more aware of particular traits of specific locales and painting with Buvelot in 1880 may also have heightened a receptivity to different atmospheric effects. Under Ashton's influence Richmond and the Hawkesbury were to become much frequented by artists in subsequent decades.

except from 'Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales', exhibition catalogue, AGNSW & Orange Regional Gallery, 1986

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006

Bibliography (11)

Dinah Dysart, Julian Ashton 1851-1942, Sydney, 1982, 13. cat.no. 19

Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 8-14, Sydney, 1986, 20 (illus.). cat.no. 7

James Gleeson, Impressionist painters 1881-1930, St Kilda, 1971, 22 (colour illus.), 83. plate no. 9; titled 'A waterhole on the Hawkesbury'

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1899, Sydney, 1899. cat.no. 247; Oil Paintings - Australian

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1891, Sydney, 1891, (Addendum). titled 'Waterhole on the Hawkesbury'

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1893, Sydney, 1893. cat.no. 356; Australian Court

Barry Pearce, A century of Australian landscape: mood and moment, Sydney, 1983, 14, 28 (colour illus.). cat.no. 11

Ursula Prunster, Australian arcady: Landscape paintings from the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection, Sydney, 1983, illus.. cat.no. 5 Note no pagination.

Royal Art Society of New South Wales, Art Society of New South Wales Sixth Annual Exhibition Catalogue, Sydney, 1885, 17. cat.no. 43; titled 'A Waterhole on the Hawkesbury River'; price: £50-0-0

Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 18.

Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales: Minutes 1.9.1891-4.5.1898, Sydney, 1891-1898, 4 October 1892.

Exhibition history (5)

Sixth Annual Exhibition of the Art Society of New South Wales (1885), Sydney Town Hall, Australia, 30 Mar 1885 -

Julian Ashton, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 14 Nov 1981–31 Jan 1982

Australian arcady: landscape paintings from the collection of the the Art Galery of New South Wales:

A century of Australian landscape painting: mood and moment:

Two centuries of Australian painting, a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Orange Regional Gallery, Australia, 19 Apr 1986–15 Jun 1986