The golden age
England, Australia, United States of America
21 Aug 1866 - 1949
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.
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".
Not on display
Shown in 4 exhibitions
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:
- Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst 21 Apr 1983–22 May 1983
- Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, Emu Plains 27 May 1983–19 Jun 1983
- Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, Australia 25 Jun 1983–22 Jul 1983
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 26 Aug 1983–30 Sep 1983
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
Referenced in 4 publications
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. cat.no. 8; not paginated