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The hot sands, Mustapha, Algiers



Charles Conder

England, Australia

24 Oct 1868 - 09 Feb 1909


Other Titles

The hot sands, Mustapha

Flowers in a vase against a background of the coastline of Mustapha, Algiers



Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


46.0 x 55.3 cm stretcher; 67.6 x 77.6 x 8.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., orange oil "Charles Conder/ .../ DEC. 1891-".
Signed and dated l.l. corner, blue (ink?) "Charles Conder/ .../ 91".


Purchased with assistance from Katies 1982


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Charles Conder

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 23 publications


Penelope Curtin and Tansy Curtin, Blooms and brushstrokes: a floral history of Australian art, 'Flowers A-Z: Hydrangea', pg. 106-109, Mile End, 106-107 (colour illus.), 108, 194.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, 33 (illus.).

Ann Galbally, Charles Conder: the last bohemian, 'Algeria 1891-1892', pg. 89-95, Melbourne, 2002, 92, following 174 (colour illus.).

Ann Galbally, Charles Conder 1868-1909, 'Charles Conder: a fin-de-siècle enigma', pg. 43-54, Sydney, 2003, 45, 56 (colour illus., detail), 57, 114 (colour illus.), 115, 194. 42

Ann Galbally, Craft arts international, 'Charles Conder 1868-1909', pg. 81-83, Sydney, 2003, 82 (colour illus.).

Frank Gibson and Campbell Dodgson, Charles Conder: his life and work, London, 1914, 34-35, 94.

Sasha Grishin., The Canberra times, 'Spirit of brilliance', Ainslie, 22 Jun 2003, (illus.). Exhibition review.

Janet Hawley, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'A dandy in Bohemia', pg. 25-26, Sydney, 31 May 2003, 26 (colour illus.). Article appeared in Good Weekend.

Dr Ursula Hoff, Charles Conder, Melbourne, 1972, 57.

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, 66. 405

John McDonald, Art of Australia. Vol 1: Exploration to Federation, 'Individual and national feeling', pg. 545-610, Sydney, 2008, 549, 553 (colour illus.), 554.

Denise Mimmocchi, Australian Symbolism: the art of dreams, ‘Dreams of the bohemian idyll: Charles Conder and his impact’, pg. 90-110, Sydney, 2012, 100, 103 (colour illus.).

National Gallery, London, Loan exhibition of works by Charles Conder (1868-1909), Millbank, 1927, 17. 102; titled 'The hot sands, Mustapha, Algiers', Dec., 1891, oil, 17½ by 21 in., Lent by Mr. P. Horley Horder

Margaret Olley and Barry Humphries, Favourites: Margaret Olley and Barry Humphries choose from public and private collections, Sydney, 2000. Catalogue entry appears in inserted list to printed catalogue

Barry Pearce, Art and Australia, 'Recent Australian acquisitions with notes on Charles Conder's Algerian convalescence', pg. 57-62, Sydney, Spring 1984, 57-62, 61 (colour illus.).

Ursula Prunster, Orientalism – Delacroix to Klee, 'From Empire's End: Australians as Orientalists, 1880-1920', pg. 41-53, Sydney, 1997-1998, 46 (colour illus.), 155 (colour illus.). 22, 93

Public Programmes Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'K' is for Conder: Charles Conder retrospective, Sydney, 2003, (illus.). not paginated

David Rodgers, Charles Conder 1868-1909, Sheffield, 1967, 6. 16; titled 'Flowers in a Vase against a Background of the Coastline of Mustapha, Algiers', oil , 18¼ x 21¾, Let by Sir Martyn Beckett, Bt.

Sir John Rothenstein, The life and death of Conder, London, 1938, 75, 78, 272.

Jill Sykes, Look, 'How good was Conder? Academic detective finds gold on canvas and silk', pg. 38, Sydney, Jun 2003, 38 (colour illus.). titled 'The hot sands, Mustapha, Algiers'

Martin Terry, Art Monthly Australia, 'Moulin Rouge: Charles Conder at the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 31-34, Canberra, Nov 2003, 34 (illus.).

Vivienne Webb, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Golden age', pg. 37-38, Sydney, 2000, 38, 55 (colour illus.), 300.

Manchester Guardian, Manchester, 03 Feb 1883. Review by J.B. of the 1927 Tate exhibition in which the work 'The hot sands, Mustapha, Algiers 1891' was shown.