A waterhole on the Hawkesbury River
27 Jan 1851 - 27 Apr 1942
Julian Ashton deliberately fostered an identifiable Australian Art and he was to prove enormously influential in the capacity of administrator and teacher in Sydney in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Ashton's most consistent advice was to paint the landscape, in front of the motif and although his own canvases rarely bear witness to this advice, many significant painters in the early twentieth century heeded it.
In 1884 Ashton and A.J. Daplyn camped on the banks of the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney, and this work is a result of that trip. Sketching for the 'Picturesque Atlas of Australasia' made Ashton more aware of particular traits of specific locales and painting with Buvelot in 1880 may also have heightened a receptivity to different atmospheric effects. Under Ashton's influence Richmond and the Hawkesbury were to become much frequented by artists in subsequent decades.
except from 'Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales', exhibition catalogue, AGNSW & Orange Regional Gallery, 1986
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006
Waterhole on the Hawkesbury
oil on canvas
59.0 x 95.0 cm; 93.0 x 128.4 x 12.8cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., "J.R. ASHTON/ 1885".
Transferred to the Gallery by the Colonial Secretary 1892
Not on display
Shown in 6 exhibitions
Sixth Annual Exhibition of the Art Society of New South Wales (1885), Sydney Town Hall, Australia, 30 Mar 1885 -
Julian Ashton, S.H. Ervin Gallery, The Rocks, 14 Nov 1981–31 Jan 1982
Australian arcady: landscape paintings from the collection of the the Art Galery of New South Wales:
- Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst 21 Apr 1983–22 May 1983
- Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains 27 May 1983–19 Jun 1983
- Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Australia 25 Jun 1983–22 Jul 1983
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 26 Aug 1983–30 Sep 1983
A century of Australian landscape painting: mood and moment:
Two centuries of Australian painting, a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange, 19 Apr 1986–15 Jun 1986
Going West (working title), Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains, 01 Jan 2020–31 Dec 2020
Referenced in 11 publications
Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 8-14, Sydney, 1986, 20 (illus.). cat.no. 7
James Gleeson, Impressionist painters 1881-1930, St Kilda, 1971, 22 (colour illus.), 83. plate no. 9; titled 'A waterhole on the Hawkesbury'
Barry Pearce, A century of Australian landscape: mood and moment, Sydney, 1983, 14, 28 (colour illus.). cat.no. 11
Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 18.
National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1899, Sydney, 1899. cat.no. 247; Oil Paintings - Australian
National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1893, Sydney, 1893. cat.no. 356; Australian Court
Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales: Minutes 1.9.1891-4.5.1898, Sydney, 1891-1898, 4 October 1892.
National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1891, Sydney, 1891, (Addendum). titled 'Waterhole on the Hawkesbury'
Royal Art Society of New South Wales, Art Society of New South Wales Sixth Annual Exhibition Catalogue, Sydney, 1885, 17. cat.no. 43; titled 'A Waterhole on the Hawkesbury River'; price: £50-0-0
Ursula Prunster, Australian arcady: Landscape paintings from the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection, Sydney, 1983, illus.. cat.no. 5 Note no pagination.
Dinah Dysart, Julian Ashton 1851-1942, Sydney, 1982, 13. cat.no. 19