- Other Titles
- Sentry Box Reach 
North Peat's Ferry, Hawkesbury River 
Scene on the Hawkesbury 
- Place where the work was made
New South Wales
- Media category
- Materials used
- pencil, watercolour, scraping out on paper
- 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".
- Gift of Howard Hinton 1924
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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.
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Seventh Annual Exhibition Art Society of New South Wales (1886), Sydney Town Hall, Australia, 19 Apr 1886–01 May 1886
Howard Hinton memorial exhibition (1948), National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 1948–30 Apr 1948
Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection (1991), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 1991–07 Jul 1991
Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s:
A Nation Imagined: The Artists of the Picturesque Atlas, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 12 Mar 2021–11 Jul 2021
Referenced in 13 publications
Julian Ashton, Now came still evening on, Sydney, 1941, 51.
'Baarmutha', Windsor and Richmond Gazette, 'Sentry Box Reach', pg. 5, Windsor, 09 Jan 1925, 5.
Caroline Clemente, Australian watercolours 1802-1926: in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1991, 71 (illus.).
Dinah Dysart, Julian Ashton 1851-1942, Sydney, 1982, 4, 21 (illus.). not exhibited
R.H. Goddard, Lionel Lindsay and C.B. Newling, A memorial volume to Howard Hinton patron of art, Sydney, 1951, 91 (colour illus.). cat.no. 53
Joclyn Howell and Joclyn Howell, Riverside Plants of the Hawkesbury-Napean, Sydney, 1995, cover. PS Worksheet 400
Hendrik Kolenberg, Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1991. cat.no. 4
Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, 'Introduction: Painting in watercolour', pg. 8-16, Sydney, 1995, 2-3 (colour illus.), 8-9, 17 (colour illus.), 113. cat.no. 1. The colour illustration on pages 2-3 is a detail of the image.
Lionel Lindsay, Howard Hinton memorial exhibition, 'Howard Hinton, OBE', pg. 2-3, Sydney, 1948, 10. cat.no. 53; titled 'Sentry Box Reach'
The Sydney Mail, 'John Sands' Picture Gallery', pg. 27, Sydney, 06 Jul 1904, 27 (illus.). titled 'North Peat's Ferry, Hawkesbury River'
Editor Unknown, Illustrated Sydney news, 'The Art Society's exhibition', pg. 11, 16, Sydney, 15 May 1888, 16 (illus.). Line drawing by Arthur Collingridge of works in the Art Society of NSW exhibition, including Ashton's watercolour 'Scene on the Hawkesbury', illus.no. 5.
Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Art exhibition', Sydney, 27 Oct 1884. page unknown
Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'The Art Society's exhibition', pg. 4, Sydney, 20 Apr 1886, 4. "Mr Julian R Ashton has a number of charming views taken on the Hawkesbury River, amongst the best being 'Webb's Creek' (227) and 'Sentrybox Mountain' (192)'.
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