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On Bideford Sands



Frank William Bourdillon


22 Mar 1852 - 13 Jan 1921


Other Title

Bideford Sands, an incident in Henry Kingsley's "Westward Ho!"



Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


147.8 x 184.0 cm stretcher; 211.0 x 247.0 x 12.5 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., brown paint "F BOURDILLON/1889".


Purchased 1890

Accession number


Artist information

Frank William Bourdillon

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 25 publications


Frank Bourdillon (Royal Academy, Art Journal, 'On Bideford Sands: from the painting, 1889)', London, 1890, p 72, illus opp p 65.

Henry Blackburn (Editor), Academy notes, 1889 with illustrations of the principal pictures at Burlington House, London, 1889, p 66, no 745, illus with sketch p 66.

Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 17, illus p 17.

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 1, 1905, p 251.

Marcus B. Huish (Editor), The year's art 1890, London, 1890, p 53, illus p 49 (sketch).

British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, p 52, no 158.

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

Pall Mall Gazette "Extra", 'The pictures of 1889', London, 06 May 1889, illus p 29.

Exhibition of British art by the Royal Anglo-Australian Society of Artists, Sydney, 1890, p 13, no 11. Crystal Palace, Sydney.

Exhibition of British art by the Royal Anglo-Australian Society of Artists, Melbourne, 1890, p 30, no 103. Exhibition Building, Melbourne.

Art Journal, 'The Royal Academy', London, Aug 1899, pp 217–20: p 220.

Illustrated Sydney News, Sydney, 07 Jun 1890, p 24.

Sydney Morning Herald, 'The Royal Anglo-Australian Society's Pictures', Sydney, 13 Aug 1890, p 8.

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.

National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1906, p 12, no 29, illus p 12.

National Art Gallery of NSW illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1917, p 16, no 28.

National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1924, p 35, no 103.

An exhibition of a selected number of subject pictures belonging to the national collection, typescript exh cat, Sydney, Jul 1943, p 2.

Old favourites, Sydney, 1954, np.

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

Unknown, The shining sands: artists in Newlyn and St Ives 1880–1930, Devon, 1994, pp 72–74, illus p 73. Also illustrates a photograph of models posed in costume for the picture.

New South Wales Art Gallery pictures, Sydney, 1931, illus pl 38.

The exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, MDCCCLXXXIX, the one hundred and twenty-first, London, 1889, p 25, no 745.

Unknown, Stanhope Forbes and the Newlyn school, London, 1993, pp 66–67, illus p 67.