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The golden splendour of the bush

(circa 1906)


W Lister Lister


27 Dec 1859 - 06 Nov 1943


Born in Sydney in 1859, W Lister Lister's work was very popular in Australia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, winning the Wynne Prize seven times. Although recognised as an accomplished craftsman of large-scale works, Lister's contemporaries criticised the lack of emotion in his paintings. In spite of his conservatism, he was an ambitious painter who, like WC Piguenit before him, was greatly inspired by the scale and magnificence of the Australian landscape.

Following the award of the Wynne Prize in 1906, enthusiasm for this painting amongst members of the public and the Royal Art Society of NSW led a group of private individuals to organise its purchase and presentation to the Gallery as a gift.

This work was acquired by the Gallery in 1907.



(circa 1906)

Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


239.8 x 190.5 cm stretcher; 294 x 245.0 x 13.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.l., oil "W LISTER LISTER". Not dated.


Gift of public subscribers 1907

Accession number


Wynne Prize

Winner - 1906

Artist information

W Lister Lister

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 12 publications


Deborah Edwards, Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Introduction', pg. 8-14, Sydney, 1986, 24 (illus.). 18

Wynne centenary 1897-1997: a selection of past winners from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, (colour illus.).

National life and landscape - Australian painting 1900-1940, 'Art versus Nature', pg. 38-51, Sydney, 1990, 26 (colour illus.), 27, 49. plate no. 14

150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. 12 [Gallery No. 1]

Daily telegraph, 'The golden splendour of the bush", Sydney, 09 Jul 1909, page unknown. Article concerning acquisition by AGNSW of work.

The Sydney Morning Herald, '"The golden splendour of the bush". Presented to the Art Gallery', Sydney, 18 Jun 1907, page unknown.

Daily telegraph, 'The Wynne Art Prize'; 'Royal Art Society', Sydney, 14 Sep 1906, page unknown.

Daily telegraph, 'Pictures and Painters: What the Art Gallery is doing', Sydney, 28 Aug 1906, page unknown.

Daily telegraph, 'Royal Art Society. The annual show', Sydney, 25 Aug 1906, page unknown. Review of the Royal Art Society's 27th Annual show.

The 100 best pictures of the Royal Art Society's Exhibition, 1906, Sydney, 1906, 7 (illus.).

Our country: Australian Federation landscape 1900-1914, 'The symbolic landscape', pg. 60-92, Adelaide, 2001, 64, 65 (colour illus.), 72, 154.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 'Royal Art Society. A strong exhibition', Sydney, 25 Aug 1906, page unknown. Review of the Royal Art Society's 27th Annual show.