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The market gardener

circa 1901


J.S. Watkins


08 Nov 1866 – 25 Aug 1942

Alternate image of The market gardener by J.S. Watkins
Alternate image of The market gardener by J.S. Watkins
  • Details

    Other Title
    The Market Gardener
    circa 1901
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil on wood panel, carved frame
    35.9 x 24.0 cm board; 53.9 x 37.8 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. corner, red/brown oil "J.S. Watkins [underlined]". Not dated.

    Gift of Barry Leithhead 2013
    Not on display
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    J.S. Watkins

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  • About

    In the early twentieth century, John Samuel Watkins established a considerable presence in Sydney's art world as an exhibiting artist, influential teacher and Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation council member and later Trustee (between1932-42).

    Mainly renowned as an academic portrait and figure painter, 'The market gardener' suggests a greater versatility to his work. The small panel format of the painting and the considerable enhancement of the work by its ornately crafted frame may suggest Watkins' attention to the work of the '9x5' Australian impressionist painters. It is perhaps through such influences that Watkins extended his tonal palette to evoke the brightened ambience of the landscape.

    With its lavishly hand-crafted frame of Chinese-inspired motifs, the work is testament to the enduring impact of the Aesthetic movement, and the associated appreciation of 'exotic' ornament and design in Sydney at the turn of the century.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

Other works by J.S. Watkins

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