- Other Title
- Landscape (the A.A. Company's million acres)
- Media category
- Materials used
- oil on canvas
- 80.5 x 153.7 cm stretcher; 114.5 x 186.5 x 10.7 cm frame
- Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, brown oil "Ar(illeg.) STREETon '94/...".
- Purchased 1918
- 19th c Australian art
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
In 1893 Streeton set off by train to Taree and then on horseback over thirteen days to the small regional town of Gloucester to paint the distinctive mountain range known to settlers as the Buckets, a corruption of the Biripi name Buccan Buccan, meaning 'many rocks'. Streeton described the scene as 'a noble rugged range of rock - standing a firm barrier 'gainst the Western sky - below, a rich gold plain with peaceful herds.'
When he returned to Sydney, Streeton exhibited one of two large paintings of the Buckets to acclaim, a work that was subsequently lost and discovered underneath 'Lilium auratum' c1909 in the AGNSW collection. 'The Gloucester Buckets' 1894 was sent to Paris, with Streeton aiming to emulate the 1892 success of 'Golden summer, Eaglemont', but it arrived too late to be submitted to the Salon. Less assertively contemporary than Fire's on, this painting's controlled gold, mauve and blue tonalities recall earlier Heidelberg landscapes.
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Society of Artists Spring Exhibition (1899), Vickery's Chambers, Sydney, Aug 1899 -
Loan Exhibition - Collection of Paintings and Drawings by Australian Artists executed during the last 25 to 35 Years (1918), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Apr 1918–30 Apr 1918
Loan exhibition of the works of Arthur Streeton, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Nov 1931–20 Jan 1932
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
Streeton, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Nov 2020–14 Feb 2021
Referenced in 10 publications
Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 8-14, Sydney, 1986, 18 (colour illus.), 21. cat. no. 9, titled 'The Gloucester Buckets'
Ann Galbally and Anne Gray (Editors), Letters from Smike: the letters of Arthur Streeton, 1890-1943, Melbourne, 1989, 62-63. General reference to Streeton's journey to Gloucester in 1894
Ann Galbally, Arthur Streeton, Melbourne, 1969, 28 (illus.). illus. no. 11
Anne Kern, Arthur Streeton the man and his art, 'Inland New South Wales (1890s)', pg. 25 - 28., Leichhardt, 1981, 26 (colour illus.). plate no. 6A
National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Loan exhibition of Australian art: collection of paintings and drawings by Australian artists executed during the last 25 to 35 Years, Sydney, 1918, 6. cat. no. 32, titled 'Gloucester Buckets, N.S.W.', lent by J.M. Conroy
John Olsen, Art and Australia [series 3, vol. 1, no. 3], 'Sir Arthur Streeton', pg. 160-165, Sydney, Nov 1963. titled 'Gloucester Buckets'
William Splatt and Susan Bruce, 100 masterpieces of Australian landscape painting, Melbourne, 1986, 7, 114-115 (colour illus.). plate no. 54, titled 'The Gloucester Buckets'
Arthur Streeton, The Arthur Streeton catalogue, Melbourne, 1935. cat. no. 136 titled, 'Gloucester Buckets (sunny)'
Sydney Ure Smith, Bertram Stevens and Charles Lloyd Jones (Editors), The art of Arthur Streeton, Sydney, 1919, (colour illus.). Plate no. IX, titled 'Gloucester Buckets'
John Williams, Quarantined Culture: Aust Reactions to Modernism, Sydney, 1995, 85, 197, 210, 211, 246. plate no. 13, titled 'The Gloucester Buckets'
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