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Title

Bringing in the dinner

1889

Artist

Robert Atkinson

Australia, England, New Zealand

15 Nov 1863 - 1896

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Date
    1889
    Media category
    Watercolour
    Materials used
    pencil, watercolour, white gouache
    Dimensions
    31.4 x 23.7 cm sheet; 54.8 x 47.2 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., brown watercolour "R. Atkinson ... 89/ ...".

    Credit
    D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2004
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    252.2004
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Robert Atkinson

    Works in the collection

    2

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  • About

    This watercolour gives a rare glimpse of daily life at one of the artists' camps on Sydney Harbour in the 1880s. The figure in the watercolour may be 'Old Ben', a retired sea captain who was the camp's caretaker and cook. Old Ben was also painted by a number of other artists, including AJ Daplyn and Julian Ashton. A small portrait study in watercolour is on the verso.

    excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Sydney

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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