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Surveyor's camp



Arthur Streeton

Australia, England, Australia

08 Apr 1867 - 01 Sep 1943


Arthur Streeton's ability to create a convincing sensation of Australian space and light in his paintings sets him apart from most of his contemporaries. His early success in Sydney, particularly following the purchase of his painting ''Still glides the stream, and shall for ever glide'' by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1890, encouraged him to eventually settle in Sydney in 1892.

Streeton was attracted by the coastal and harbour landscapes of the city and he travelled further afield, visiting the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury River region to the north west, in search of subjects. It is thought that this watercolour was painted while Streeton was with George Pitt on a surveying expedition to Richmond, near the Hawkesbury, in 1896.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004


Other Title

A surveyor's camp

Place where the work was made

Richmond Sydney New South Wales Australia



Media category


Materials used

pencil, watercolour


36.3 x 62.8 cm sheet; 62.0 x 89.8 x 2.5cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, black watercolour "A STREETon/ 1896".


Purchased 1896


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Arthur Streeton

Artist profile

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 18 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 25 publications


D.H.Souter, Art and architecture: the journal of the Institute of Architects of New South Wales, 'Arthur Streeton, artist and his Australian work', pg. 225-229, Sydney, 1905, 229.

Ann Galbally, Arthur Streeton, 'Sydney: 1890-1897', pg. 20-31, Melbourne, 1969, 26 (illus.), 81. plate no. 12, plate no. 74

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Works on Paper', pg. 182-197, Sydney, 1999, 189 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Australian images from the past: whether rarely seen or familiar, these works move and delight us', pg. 24-27, Sydney, Apr 2005, 26.

Bernard Smith, 100 years of Australian painting, 'Foreword', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 1948, 13. watercolours 10

David Thomas, Deutscher and Hackett fine art auction: Sydney 28 August 2013, 'Arthur Streeton', pg. 74-75, Melbourne, Aug 2013, 74.

Australische Impressionen: Landschaftsmalerei aus hundert Jahren - die 'Heidelberg school' ihre Vorlaufer und ihre Nachfolger, Heidelberg, 1987, 119. 47

Australian arcady: Landscape paintings from the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection, Sydney, 1983. 14

Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1979, 9.

Australian watercolours from the National Art Gallery collection 1836 to 1946, Sydney, 1946, 4-5, 9. 13

Art of Australia 1788-1941, New York, 1941, 35. 43

150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. 353

The Arthur Streeton catalogue, Melbourne, 1935, 117. 166

The art of Arthur Streeton, Sydney, 1919, (colour illus.). plate no. XI

Windsor and Richmond gazette, 'Richmond', Windsor, 22 Jan 1898, 4. reference to the Exhibition of Australian art in London in 1898

Sydney mail and New South Wales advertiser, Sydney, 19 Sep 1896, 596, 603 (illus.).

Sydney mail and New South Wales advertiser, Sydney, 12 Sep 1896, 537.

The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 05 Sep 1896, 7.

Art from Australia: 2016 calender, Sydney, 2015, n.apg. (colour illus.). month of January

The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 04 Sep 1896, 4.

19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 102, 103 (colour illus.).

Arthur Streeton, 1867-1943, ''City of laughing loveliness! Sun-girdled Queen!' Sydney 1890-97', pg. 67-130, South Yarra, 1995, 120, 121 (colour illus.). 51

Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 25 (colour illus.), 115. 10

The oil paintings of Arthur Streeton in the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 1994, 202.

Two hundred years of Australian painting: nature, people and art in the southern continent, Tokyo, 1992, 79 (colour illus.). 34