Livingston Hopkins was one of the first successful painter-etchers in Sydney, from the time of his arrival here in 1883. His success as an illustrator and cartoonist for the 'Bulletin' was matched by his facility as an etcher, and he taught many local artists, including Julian Ashton, Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts, how to etch. He was particularly interested in scenes of 'old' Sydney, such as the streets around the Rocks, which encouraged younger artists such as Lionel Lindsay and Sydney Ure Smith to explore the subject as well. His oeuvre was small, and his etchings very rarely appear on the market.
The subject is possibly the Hawkesbury River, a subject of several of his etchings from the 1880s/90s - see related works '(Fishermen on the Hawkesbury River)' 1888, NGA collection and '(River scene)' 1891, AGNSW, for example.
etching, printed in brown-black ink on cream wove paper
10.0 x 14.5 cm image; 12.6 x 16.4 cm platemark; 24.9 x 30.2 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated within plate to print l.r., "L Hop 1886".
Bequest of Margaret Broome Maxwell 2007
Not on display