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The storm



Walter Withers


1854 - 1914


This painting won the first Wynne Prize in 1897 and was acquired by the Gallery in 1897.




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas on hardboard


76.3 x 137.6 cm board; 118.8 x 179.5 x 7.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown oil "Walter Withers/ 1896".


Purchased 1897


Not on display

Accession number


Wynne Prize

Winner - 1897

Artist information

Walter Withers

Works in the collection


Shown in 7 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 27 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, 84 (colour illus.).

Art Gallery of New South Wales, A selection of eighty-two reproductions mainly from the Australian collection and including examples from the British, French and Dutch [Art Gallery of New South Wales], Sydney, 1959, (illus.). plate no. 2

Helen Campbell, Wynne centenary 1897-1997: a selection of past winners from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, cover (colour illus.). not paginated

Edmund Capon AM, OBE and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'Australian Art in the Old Courts', pg. 24-37, Sydney, 1984, 29, 30 (colour illus.).

Douglas Dundas, Art Gallery of New South Wales quarterly, 'The Wynne and Sulman prizes', pg. 53-56, Sydney, Jan 1961, 54 (illus.).

Dinah Dysart, The Wynne prize: an Australian landscape tradition, 'The public and critical response to the Wynne prize', pg. 15-22, Sydney, 1986, 6, 10, 12, 13 (colour illus.), 25.

Mary Eagle, Heidelberg to Heide: creating an Australian landscape 1850-1950, 'Seeing Templestowe-Heidelberg', pg. 18-35, Bulleen, 2001, 34 (colour illus.), 35, 63.

Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 8-14, Sydney, 1986, 22 (illus.). 12

George Galway, Fifty years of Australian art 1879-1929, New South Wales, 1929, 53 (illus.).

James Gleeson, Masterpieces of Australian painting, Melbourne, 1969, 84 (colour illus.).

Alan McCulloch, The golden age of Australian painting - Impressionism and the Heidelberg school, Melbourne, 1969, 85 (colour illus.).

John McDonald, Art of Australia. Vol 1: Exploration to Federation, ‘Some blessed hope’, pg. 611-637, Sydney, 2008, 367 (colour illus.), 614, 615. NOTE: Painting incorrectly attributed to John Ford Paterson, 'After the storm', also Collection of AGNSW.

William Moore, The story of Australian art from the earliest known art of the continent to the art of today (Vol. 1), 'Galleries', pg. 179-214, Sydney, 1934, 195, (illus.) [opposite pg. 195].

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1899, Sydney, 1899. 259, Oil Paintings-Australian, titled 'The Storm'

Barry Pearce, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian', pg. 13-35, Sydney, 1988, 18.

Ron Radford, Our country: Australian Federation landscape 1900-1914, 'Humble dusk to glorious day', pg. 48-56, Adelaide, 2001, 48.

Ron Radford., Ladies in Landscapes, 'Ladies in landscapes', Ballarat, 1974.

Margaret Simons, The Sunday Age, 'The no-so-lasting impressions of the Heidelberg School', pg. 10, Melbourne, 04 Jan 2004, 10 (colour illus.).

Bernard Smith, 100 years of Australian painting, 'Foreword', pg. 2-4, Sydney, 1948, 5. 8

Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 217.

William Splatt and Susan Bruce, 100 masterpieces of Australian landscape painting, Melbourne, 1986, 124, 125 (colour illus.). plate no. 59

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, 7 September 1897, 22 November 1897, 15 December 1897.

Clive Turnbull, Jean Campbell and Daniel Thomas AM, Australian painting: colonial, impressionist, contemporary, Adelaide, 1962, 40. 60

Vivienne Webb, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Golden age', pg. 37-38, Sydney, 2000, 38, 67 (colour illus.), 302.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Studio, London, 1897, 132 (illus.). titled 'A stormy winter's day'

The Adelaide Festival of Arts 1962: Special exhibitions at the National Gallery of South Australia, 'Australian Paintings: Colonoial, Impressionist, Contemporary', Adelaide, 1962. not paginated, 65

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 09 Sep 1897.