Fireman's funeral, George Street
08 Apr 1867 - 01 Sep 1943
'Fireman's funeral, George Street' is a rainy city streetscene by Streeton that depicts the enormous public response to a fireman's heroic death, as the coffin passes the Sydney Town Hall and Queen Victoria Building construction site.
International influences on Streeton's choice of subject matter and his evocative approach, include French and British Impressionism as well as the decorative, asymmetrical design and flattened picture plane of Japanese woodcuts. Streeton continued to experiment with these elements throughout the mid-1890s in his numerous paintings of Sydney Harbour and decorative panels on the subject of Sirius Cove completed whilst he was staying at nearby Curlew Camp.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000
oil on canvas
45.3 x 38.2 cm stretcher; 66.1 x 60.4 x 6.6 cm frame :
0 - Whole, 41 x 35.5 cm, sight dimension
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 7 exhibitions
Three years on: acquisitions 1978-81, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Oct 1981–01 Dec 1981
Images of Sydney and Environs 1850-1950 (1985), New South Wales House, London, Mar 1985–May 1985
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
Sydney studios, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 14 Aug 2004–26 Sep 2004
- Artspace Mackay, Queensland 18 Mar 2005–01 May 2005
- Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton 06 May 2005–19 Jun 2005
- Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville 24 Jun 2005–21 Aug 2005
- Gladstone Regional Art Gallery, Gladstone 02 Sep 2005–29 Oct 2005
- Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre 05 Dec 2005–05 Feb 2006
- Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Australia 10 Feb 2006–09 Apr 2006
- Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst Regional Council, Bathurst 11 May 2006–25 Jun 2006
- Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat 07 Jul 2006–03 Sep 2006
- Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington 03 Oct 2006–19 Nov 2006
- University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane 24 Nov 2006–04 Feb 2007
Streeton's Sydney, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 04 Aug 2007–23 Sep 2007
Australia's Impressionists, National Gallery, London, London, 07 Dec 2016–26 Mar 2017
Referenced in 7 publications
Okko Boer, Masters of the Heidelberg School, Leichhardt, 1998, 34 (colour illus.). plate no. 31
Edmund Capon AM, OBE, I blame Duchamp: my life's adventures in art, 'John Bull and the Little Boy at Manly', pg. 321-333, Sydney, 2009, 328.
Alan Krell, Fireworks: tracing the incendiary in Australian art, 'In its element', pg. 42-71, Mackay, 2005, 46, 47 (colour illus.), 50, 75.
John McDonald, Art of Australia. Vol 1: Exploration to Federation, ‘Individual and national feeling’, pg. 545-610, Sydney, 2008, 576, 578 (colour illus.).
Humphrey McQueen, Art Monthly Australia, 'Positions vacant', pg. 21-23, Canberra, Sep 2000, 21. review of 'Australian icons' exhibition
Barry Pearce, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981, 'Australian Art', pg. 5-26, Sydney, 1981, 23 (colour illus.). cat.no. 37
Christopher Riopelle (Editor), Australia's impressionists, 'Catalogue', pg. 64-109, London, 2016, 75 (colour illus.), 113, 125, 127. cat.no. 12