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(circa 1912)


J J Hilder


23 Jul 1881 - Apr 1916


J J Hilder was born at Toowoomba, Queensland. Greatly admired by his contemporaries, both artists and collectors, for his atmospheric watercolours; his career was cut short by his premature death from tuberculosis. Principally a watercolourist, he exhibited his first works in August 1907 at the Society of Artists exhibition in Sydney. Poor health deterred him from painting in oils, but he did make a small number of monotypes using oil paint between 1911 and 1913. Harry Julius, a colleague and friend of the artist, recalled in 1918:

I showed him a simple method of making monotypes, and for a time he was absorbed in it. The process was that of painting in oils on a piece of glass, placing a sheet of damp blotting paper on the painting and then rolling a bottle over the paper to get an impression. It is a tricky method, and amused him for a while.
(Harry Julius, 'Recollections of Hilder', Sydney Ure Smith and Bertram Stevens (eds), 'The Art of J J Hilder', Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1918, pg. 30).

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1998


Other Titles

The Art Gallery of New South Wales

The National Art Gallery of New South Wales


(circa 1912)

Media category


Materials used

colour monotype on ivory wove paper


19.6 x 19.2 cm image; 20.0 x 19.7 cm sheet

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1986


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

J J Hilder

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 2 publications


Captain Brett Hilder., Jesse Jewhurst Hilder: anniversary exhibition, 'Introduction', Brisbane, 1966. 14; titled 'The National Gallery of New South Wales'

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 37 (colour illus.). 21