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From my camp (Sirius Cove)



Arthur Streeton

England, Australia

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.


Other Title

Sirius Cove



Media category


Materials used

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

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Artist information

Arthur Streeton

Artist profile

Works in the collection


Shown in 9 exhibitions

Exhibition history

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. 76; titled: 'Sirius Cove'; dated: 1896; Coll: Mrs Finley, Sydney

Geoffrey Smith, Arthur Streeton and the Australian coast, Mornington, 2004, 18, 38. 21; titled 'From my camp (Sirius Cove)'

Arthur Streeton, The Arthur Streeton catalogue, Melbourne, 1935. 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.).