From my camp (Sirius Cove)
08 Apr 1867 - 01 Sep 1943
Sydney is an artists’ city – glorious – Roberts & I go to Mossman’s Bay [sic] & pull through the lazy green water, & then lunch under the shade in the open air, eggs, meat, cheese & 2 big bottles of claret grown in Australia. The little Bay seemed all asleep & so very peaceful.
Arthur Streeton, 1890
Arthur Streeton painted this sketch from a corner of the beach at Little Sirius Cove at Mosman Bay, the site of an idyllic artists’ painting camp known as Curlew Camp. With fellow artist Tom Roberts, Streeton led a bohemian lifestyle, living under canvas shelters and commuting to the city by boat.
oil on plywood
28.0 x 21.5 cm board; 47.0 x 39.4 x 3.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, blue oil "STREETON/ -96".
Bequest of Mrs Elizabeth Finley 1979
Shown in 9 exhibitions
Streeton's Sydney sunshine exhibition (1896), Exhibition Venue Unknown, 30 Nov 1896 -
Big Blue - the painted harbour (1997), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Jun 1997–29 Mar 1998
The well built Australian: Micheal Goldberg, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Jul 1999–08 Aug 1999
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
Plein-air painting in Europe 1780-1850, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Sep 2004–31 Oct 2004
Arthur Streeton and the Australian coast, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, 11 Dec 2004–06 Mar 2005
Streeton's Sydney, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 04 Aug 2007–23 Sep 2007
Bush to Bay: Hinton and the Artist’s Camp, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, 03 Dec 2016–19 Mar 2017
Streeton, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Nov 2020–14 Feb 2021
Referenced in 7 publications
Ann Galbally, Arthur Streeton, Melbourne, 1971, (colour illus.). colour plate no. 40; titled: 'Sirius Cove'; dated: 1896; Coll: Mrs Finley, Sydney
Ann Galbally, Arthur Streeton, Melbourne, 1969. cat.no. 76; titled: 'Sirius Cove'; dated: 1896; Coll: Mrs Finley, Sydney
Geoffrey Smith, Arthur Streeton and the Australian coast, Mornington, 2004, 18, 38. cat.no. 21; titled 'From my camp (Sirius Cove)'
Arthur Streeton, The Arthur Streeton catalogue, Melbourne, 1935. cat.no. 181, "1896. Artist's Camp (Sirius Cove). Oil. 10½ x 8. Estate, Mr Pinschof".
The Brett Whiteley Studio (Editor), Big blue: the painted harbour (list of works), Sydney, 1997.
Vivienne Webb, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Golden age', pg. 37-38, Sydney, 2000, 50 (colour illus.), 302.
Judith White (Editor), Look, Melbourne, Oct 2000, 9 (colour illus.).