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An image of Sheep grazing and trees, Heidelberg by Walter Withers

Walter Withers

(Australia 1854 – 1914)

Title
Sheep grazing and trees, Heidelberg
Place of origin
Australia
Year
(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
Accession number
DA15.1962
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (4)

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

Exhibition history (3)

Auction: Australiana: eminent and early Australian paintings, original and early lithographs, documents, convict relics, armour, etc. ... 12th-13th July, 1962, Leonard Joel, South Yarra, 12 Jul 1962–13 Jul 1962

Acquisitions 1962, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Apr 1963–12 May 1963

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