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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 on cream wove paper


36.3 x 62.8 cm (irreg.) 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


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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. 353

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

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

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

Geoffrey Smith, 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

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

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

Trustees of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australian watercolours from the National Art Gallery collection 1836 to 1946, Sydney, 1946, 4-5, 9. 13

Sydney Ure Smith (Editor), Art of Australia 1788-1941, New York, 1941, 35. 43

Sydney Ure Smith, Bertram Stevens and Charles Lloyd Jones (Editors), The art of Arthur Streeton, Sydney, 1919, (colour illus.). plate no. XI

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

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

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 05 Sep 1896, 7.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 04 Sep 1896, 4.

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