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Title

Seeking for gold - cradling

1893

Artist

Walter Withers

Australia

1854 - 1914

  • Details

    Other Titles
    Gold fossicking
    Cradling
    The gold puddlers
    Gold fossickers
    Place where the work was made
    Creswick Victoria Australia
    Date
    1893
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas on hardboard
    Dimensions
    67.0 x 49.6 cm board (irreg.); 95.1 x 77.2 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l., brown oil "Walter Withers/ 93".

    Credit
    Gift of the Australian Securities Exchange 2012
    Location
    19th c Australian art
    Accession number
    235.2012
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Walter Withers

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    'Seeking for gold - cradling' is a heroic depiction of the Australian worker and landscape. It presents two men fossicking for gold in a stream, saturated in brilliant sunlight. Each man is using a gold cradle - a box on inclined rockers containing metal sieves, which was moved by hand to process soil, capturing gold in the base of the cradle.

    After arriving in Melbourne in 1883, English-born Walter Withers continued his studies at the National Gallery School. He became a central member of the Heidelberg group of artists and was a strong advocate of plein-air painting. In January 1893 Withers held outdoor painting classes in the gold mining town of Creswick, Victoria. Here he painted landscape and mining subjects including 'Seeking for gold - cradling', demonstrating his affinity with the Australian landscape. Other related works by Withers are held in the National Gallery of Australia and the City of Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Creswick

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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