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Title

Sheep grazing and trees, Heidelberg


Artist

Walter Withers

Australia

1854 - 1914


About

Born in England, Walter Withers studied at the Royal Academy, London before arriving in Australia in 1882. He studied further at the National Gallery School, Melbourne 1884-87 and in Paris 1887-88. One of the celebrated Heidelberg group of landscape painters, Withers won the Wynne Prize for landscape in 1897 and 1900, was President of the Victorian Aritsts Society and a trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria. He lived in the house 'Charterisville' in Heidelberg, Creswick (where he taught both Percy and Norman Lindsay) and in Eltham for the last ten years or so of his life. This is the only drawing by Withers in the Gallery's collection and is from the remains of a sketchbook with Heidelberg and Eltham subjects.

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


Details


Place where the work was made

Australia


Date

(1890s)


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pencil, yellow and blue watercolour wash


Dimensions

22.7 x 29.1 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed twice l.l. with artist's monogram, pencil "W.W". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1962


Location

Not on display


Accession number

DA15.1962


Artist information

Walter Withers

Works in the collection

6


Place

Where the work was made
Australia

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1962 Acquisitions, Sydney, 1962. cat.no. 50

Okko Boer, Masters of the Heidelberg School, Leichhardt, 1998, 92 (illus.). plate no. 89

Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 134, 135 (colour illus.).

Leonard Joel, Auction: Australiana: eminent and early Australian paintings, original and early lithographs, documents, convict relics, armour, etc. ... 12th-13th July, 1962, Melbourne, 1962. lot no. 395