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
watercolour, opaque white highlights on paper
35.5 x 25.7 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., watercolour "J.R. ASHTON/ JUNE 1888".
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 17 exhibitions
Ninth Annual Exhibition of the Art Society of New South Wales (1888), Society Rooms, Union Chambers, Sydney, 17 Sep 1888 -
The Julian Ashton exhibition (1920), Royal Art Society of New South Wales, Lavender Bay, 13 Feb 1920–28 Feb 1920
Exhibition of Australian art (1923), Education Department Gallery [Loftus Street], Sydney, Jun 1923 -
Exhibition of Australian Art (1923), Burlington House, 06 Oct 1923–03 Nov 1923
British Empire Exhibition (1924), Empire Stadium, Wembley, 23 Apr 1924–Oct 1925
150 years of Australian art (1938), National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jan 1938–25 Apr 1938
Art of Australia 1788-1941:
- National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. 01 Oct 1941–26 Oct 1941
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 17 Nov 1941–31 Dec 1941
- Yale University Art Gallery, United States of America 02 Mar 1942–23 Mar 1942
- Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh 03 Apr 1942–15 May 1942
- Wilmington Society of Fine Arts, Wilmington 01 Jun 1942–27 Jun 1942
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, United States of America 10 Jul 1942–27 Aug 1942
- Toledo Museum of Art, United States of America 06 Sep 1942–27 Sep 1942
- Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester 05 Oct 1942–02 Nov 1942
- Cleveland Museum of Art, United States of America 09 Nov 1942–07 Dec 1942
- Detroit Institiute of Arts, Detroit 01 Jan 1943–29 Jan 1943
- Herron Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indianapolis 08 Apr 1943–05 May 1943
- Fort Wayne Art School and Museum, Fort Wayne 12 May 1943–31 May 1943
- Rockhill Nelson Gallery, Kansas City 07 Sep 1943–08 Oct 1943
- Philbrook Art Museum, Tulsa 20 Oct 1943–17 Nov 1943
- Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Dallas 28 Nov 1943–26 Dec 1943
- Abilene Museum of Fine Arts, Abilene 10 Jan 1944–07 Feb 1944
- Heard Museum, Phoenix Fine Arts Association, Phoenix 21 Feb 1944–20 Mar 1944
- San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco 04 Apr 1944–07 May 1944
- Rosicrucian Egyptian Oriental Museum, San Jose 19 May 1944–16 Jun 1944
- Hamline University, St Paul 01 Dec 1944–17 Dec 1944
- Society Liberal Arts, Joslyn Memorial, Omaha 06 Jan 1945–27 Jan 1945
- Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, United States of America 06 Feb 1945–27 Feb 1945
- Quincy Art Club, Quincy 09 Mar 1945–30 Mar 1945
- Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City 13 Apr 1945–04 May 1945
- University of Oklahoma, Norman 14 May 1945–04 Jun 1945
- North Texas State Teachers' College, Denton 14 Jun 1945–05 Jul 1945
Australian watercolours from the National Art Gallery collection 1836-1946, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 May 1946–Jun 1946
100 years of Australian painting (1948), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Apr 1948–17 May 1948
Jubilee exhibition of Australian art:
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart 12 Mar 1951–31 Mar 1951
- Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Launceston 09 Apr 1951–28 Apr 1951
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 25 Jun 1951–21 Jul 1951
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 06 Aug 1951–01 Sep 1951
- Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide 24 Sep 1951–20 Oct 1951
- Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth 12 Nov 1951–10 Dec 1951
Ladies in Landscapes:
Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Dec 1979–28 Jan 1980
Julian Ashton, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 14 Nov 1981–31 Jan 1982
Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection (1991), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 1991–07 Jul 1991
Two hundred years of Australian painting : Nature, people and art in the southern continent:
Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s:
19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005
Referenced in 32 publications
Christopher Allen, The Australian financial review, 'Worlds apart, the difference a century makes', pg. 43, Sydney, 09 Jun 2005, 43 (colour illus.).
Max Angus, A Salute to Watercolour, Tasmania, 1996, 31.
Herbert Badham, A study of Australian art, Sydney, 1949, (illus.). plate no. 30
Herbert Badham, A gallery of Australian art, Sydney, 1954, (illus.). plate no. 11
James Gleeson, Impressionist painters 1881-1930, St Kilda, 1971, 21 (colour illus.).
Anne Gray, Sydney Long: the spirit of the land, 'The spirit of the land', pg. 45-70, Canberra, 2012, 62 (colour illus.), 126.
Elioth Gruner (Organiser), Catalogue of an exhibition of the works of Australian artists, Sydney, 1923. cat.no. 118, Room VIII (Water Colours); not paginated
Elioth Gruner (Organiser), The exhibition of Australian art to be held at the galleries of the Royal Academy London, 1923, Sydney, 1923. cat.no. 7; not paginated
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Works on Paper', pg. 182-197, Sydney, 1999, 188 (colour illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, 'Introduction', pg. 6-16, Sydney, 2005, front dust jacket (colour illus., detail), 12, 88, 89 (colour illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg., Look, 'Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection', Heidelberg, Apr 1991.
Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Australian images from the past: whether rarely seen or familiar, these works move and delight us', pg. 24-27, Sydney, Apr 2005, 25.
Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. cat.no. 321
Bernard Smith, 100 years of Australian painting, 'Foreword', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 1948, 13. watercolours cat.no. 6
Sydney Ure Smith (Editor), Art of Australia 1788-1941, New York, 1941, 32, 70 (illus.). cat.no. 31
Laurie Thomas (Editor), Jubilee exhibition of Australian art, Sydney, 1951, 33. cat.no. 65
Trustees of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australian watercolours from the National Art Gallery collection 1836 to 1946, Sydney, 1946, 4, 8. cat.no. 5
Kenneth Wilkinson (Editor), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 70], Sydney, Mar 1938, 29 (colour illus.).
Unknown, Catalogue: British Empire Exhibition (Wembley) 1924, 1924, 95. no catalogue numbers; Lent by the Trustees of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales
Editor Unknown (Editor), The Julian Ashton book, Sydney, 1920, (colour illus.).
Royal Art Society of New South Wales, The Julian Ashton exhibition, Sydney, 1920. cat.no. 126
Author Unknown, Art Society of New South Wales Ninth Annual Exhibition Catalogue, Sydney, Sep 1888. cat.no. 22
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 18 (colour illus.), 19, 113-114. plate no. 2
Bernard William Smith, Place, taste and tradition: a study of Australian art since 1788, 'Impressionism in Australia', pg. 112-145, South Melbourne, 1979, 136, 138 (illus.). plate no. 49
Barry Pearce and Haruo Arikawa, Two hundred years of Australian painting: nature, people and art in the southern continent, Tokyo, 1992, 96 (colour illus.). cat.no. 51
Hendrik Kolenberg, Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1991. cat.no. 3
Bernard William Smith and Terry Smith, Australian painting 1788-1990, South Melbourne, 1991, 72 (colour illus.).
Dinah Dysart, Julian Ashton 1851-1942, Sydney, 1982, 2 (illus.), 4, 13. cat.no. 26
Dinah Dysart, Julian Ashton: essay on the artist (Volume I), Canberra, 1981, 47 (illus.). NOTE: this is a boxed two-volume set
Jane de Teliga, Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1979, 1.
Ron Radford, Ladies in Landscapes, Ballarat, 1974, (illus.). cat.no. 1; sepia toned reproduction
Laurie Thomas (Editor), 200 Years of Australian painting, Rushcutters Bay, 1971, 15 (colour illus.).