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A waterfall (Strath Creek)



William Delafield Cook


1936 – 2015

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    198.2 x 156.2 cm stretcher
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated u.l. corner verso on canvas, black fibre-tipped pen "W DELAFIELD COOK/ 1980-1".
    Signed top c. to c. verso on stretcher bar, sideways, red fibre-tipped pen "W DELAFIELD COOK".
    Signed top c. verso on stretcher, red fibre-tipped pen "W DELAFIELD COOK".

    Purchased 1981
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Wiliam Delafield Cook

    Reproduction requests

    Wynne Prize
    Winner - 1980
    Artist information
    William Delafield Cook

    Works in the collection


  • About

    I found the spot where he had sat to do his drawing … The waterfall was almost exactly as it was in von Guérard’s picture. He was at Strath Creek on 14 January 1862; I was there 23 January 1980.

    William Delafield Cook, 1998

    William Delafield Cook’s excitement is palpable at the recollection above, of his visit to the site of the waterfall painted by Eugene von Guérard (Waterfall, Strath Creek 1862, in the Gallery's collection) more than a century earlier. He greatly admired the 19th century artist’s painting for its topographical accuracy and evocation of a metaphysical dimension. It accorded with his own long-held aim to transcend the familiar through a hyper-realist approach that melded photography with painting.

    A meticulously crafted work of extraordinary beauty, Delafield Cook’s painting was worked up in the studio from photographs taken on the spot, with direct reference to Von Guérard’s earlier composition. It bears a ‘charged’ intensity characteristic of Delafield Cook’s approach. Homage to both von Guérard and to the unique atmosphere of this landscape feature, with its miracle of water amidst the dun colour of dry hillsides in the heat and stillness of summer, it was awarded the Wynne Prize for 1980.

    This work was acquired by the Gallery in 1981.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 16 publications

Other works by William Delafield Cook

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