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An image of The golden age by Abbey Alston

Abbey Alston

(England, Australia, United States of America 21 Aug 1866 – 1949)

The golden age
Media category
Materials used
carbon pencil

14.9 x 28.0 cm image to borderlines; 16.2 x 28.5 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r, carbon pencil "Abbey Altson 1983". Signed lower c. beneath image, carbon pencil "... Abbey Alston".
Accessioned 2004
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

The painting 'The golden age' 1893, for which Altson was awarded the Travelling Scholarship in his final year at the National Gallery School, Melbourne, was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria under the conditions of the scholarship. This drawing is a later copy of the painting by the artist, for publication in London's 'The Magazine of Art' in 1895.

Bibliography (4)

Renée Free, Fin de Siècle, Sydney, Jan 1994.

Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 122 (colour illus.).

Denise Mimmocchi, Australian Symbolism: the art of dreams, ‘Brittany and the Arcadian vision’, pg.70-80, Sydney, 2012, 70. Reference to the original painting from which this drawing was copied.

Ursula Prunster, Australian arcady: Landscape paintings from the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection, Sydney, 1983. 8; not paginated

Exhibition history (4)

Some Australian drawings 1880-1980, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 May 1981–18 Jun 1981

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

Fin de Siècle: posters prints drawings from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Jan 1994–13 Mar 1994

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