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Title

Sentry-box Reach, Hawkesbury River, New South Wales

1886


Artist

Julian Ashton

England, Australia

27 Jan 1851 - 27 Apr 1942


About

Ashton's watercolour was painted when he was a staff artist for 'The picturesque atlas of Australasia'; a position which allowed him to travel widely. The Hawkesbury soon became a favourite haunt for painting. He returned to it frequently with artist friends. This view of Sentry Box Reach is a classic example of nineteenth-century British watercolour technique – transparent washes of watercolour over barely perceptible pencil outlines, occasionally with some minor scraping out for highlights. It is a particularly convincing study of the expanse and conditions of the Hawkesbury landscape.

The work was exhibited in the Art Society of New South Wales annual exhibition, held at Sydney Town Hall, and which was open 19 April to 1 May 1888.


Details


Other Titles

Sentry Box Reach [1948]

Scene on the Hawkesbury [1886]


Place where the work was made

Hawkesbury River Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

1886


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

pencil, watercolour, scraping out on paper


Dimensions

59.7 x 92.4 cm sheet; 85.2 x 121.0 x 9.3cm frame


Signature & date

Signed l.l., brown watercolour "J.R. ASHTON". Dated l.r., "1884".


Credit

Gift of Howard Hinton 1924


Location

Not on display


Accession number

22


Artist information

Julian Ashton

Works in the collection

27


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history