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Festa: a Venetian café



Samuel Melton Fisher


02 Jan 1856 - 05 Sep 1939


Other Title

Festa, the interior of a Venetian cafe



Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


109.3 x 153.2 cm stretcher; 148.0 x 192.5 x 12.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., brown paint "S Melton Fisher '89".


Purchased 1890


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Samuel Melton Fisher

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Royal Anglo-Australian Society of Artists, Melbourne/Victoria/Australia, Purchased by the AGNSW from the Royal Anglo-Australian Society of Artists 1890

Referenced in 35 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2004 [for the year ended 30 June 2004], Sydney, 2004, p 70. Loan.

A Lys Baldry, The Studio, 'The Paintings of S Melton Fisher', London, Dec 1907, pp 173–82: p 181.

Henry Blackburn (Editor), Academy notes 1889 with illustrations of the principal pictures at Burlington House, London, 1889, p 49, no 514, illus with sketch p 49.

John E Branch, Picture study in schools – records of the Education Society, no 7, Sydney, 1913, pp 56–57, illus p 56.

A C R Carter, Art Journal, 'Mr Melton Fisher and his work', London, Aug 1899, pp 235–39: pp 236–37, illus p 235. As 'Festa, the interior of a Venetian cafe'.

AB Daryll, Magazine of Art, 'Our rising artists: S Melton-Fisher', London, 1902, pp 145–51: p 149, illus p 145.

Renée Free, Art and Australia, vol 10, no 1, 'European Collection', Sydney, Jul 1972, p 64. Art Gallery of New South Wales special number.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 61, illus p 61.

Algernon Graves, The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of contributors and their work from its foundation in 1769 to 1904, London, 1905-1906, vol 3, 1905, p 117.

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, p 80, no 656.

William Moore, Studio, 'The public art galleries of Australia', London, Apr 1913, pp 202–13: p 210.

Tom Roberts, Argus, 'The National Art Gallery of New South Wales', Melbourne, 31 Oct 1891, p 4.

Illustrated Sydney News, 'Notes on art', Sydney, 07 Jun 1890, p 24.

Exhibition of British art by the Royal Anglo-Australian Society of Artists, Sydney, 1890, p 19, no 54. Crystal Palace, Sydney.

Exhibition of British art by the Royal Anglo-Australian Society of Artists, Melbourne, 1890, p 16, no 30. Exhibition Building, Melbourne.

Sydney Morning Herald, 'Review of the year artistic', Sydney, 31 Dec 1890, p 10.

National Art Gallery (report of trustees for the year 1890), Sydney, 1891, p 1.

Exhibition of the British art gallery by the Royal Anglo-Australian Society of Artists, with which is associated the German art gallery, and a selection of pictures by Australian artists: illustrated catalogue, Melbourne, 1892, p 29, under no 72.

Sydney Morning Herald, 'Mr Villiers on local art', Sydney, 25 May 1895, p 6.

Sydney Morning Herald, ‘National Art Gallery – the interchange question’, Sydney, 15 Oct 1895, p 3.

Catalogue of the second interchange loan collections of oil paintings and water-colour drawings exhibited in the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Galleries, April 1896, Sydney, 1896, p 65, no 3, illus p 65.

Athenaeum, 'The Royal Academy (first notice)', London, 04 May 1889, pp 572–74: p 572.

National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1906, p 36, no 92.

Saturday Review, ‘The Royal Academy – III’, London, 18 May 1889, pp 605–06: p 606.

Times, 'New Royal Academician', London, 27 Apr 1917, p 3.

National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1917, p 34, no 83, illus p 34.

National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1924, p 55, no 149.

Times, 'Mr Melton Fisher, RA: portrait painter', London, 07 Sep 1939, p 8.

An exhibition of a selected number of subject pictures belonging to the national collection, typescript exh cat, Sydney, Jul 1943, p 3.

Sydney Morning Herald, 'Art, music and the drama', Sydney, 26 Apr 1890, p 7.

Pall Mall Gazette “Extra”, London, 06 May 1889, illus p 52.

Sydney Morning Herald, ‘The Royal Anglo-Australian Society’s pictures’, Sydney, 13 Aug 1890, p 8.

Art Journal, 'The Royal Academy', London, 1889, pp 217–20: p 218.

The exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, MDCCCLXXXIX, the one hundred and twenty-first, London, 1889, p 19, no 514.

Seventh autumn exhibition, Manchester, 1889, p 25, no 252.