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Title

A solitary ramble

1888


Artist

Julian Ashton

England, Australia

27 Jan 1851 - 27 Apr 1942


About

Julian Ashton was particularly adept at conveying the open spaces and clear light of the Australian landscape in his watercolours, a medium well suited to painting 'on the spot'. 'A solitary ramble' is one of the best known watercolours in the collection. Its depiction of leisured, rural life in nineteenth century Australia reflects the growing sense of national pride that was evolving in colonial society, which formed an identity closely associated with the bush.

The female figure with a parasol is the artist's wife, shown in a lane behind Griffith's Orchard in Richmond, near Sydney, NSW.

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

Richmond Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

1888


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

watercolour, opaque white highlights on paper


Dimensions

35.5 x 25.7 cm sheet; 58.2 x 46.6 x 2.3cm frame


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., watercolour "J.R. ASHTON/ JUNE 1888".


Credit

Purchased 1888


Location

Not on display


Accession number

18


Artist information

Julian Ashton

Works in the collection

27


Place

Where the work was made
Richmond

Shown in 17 exhibitions

Exhibition history