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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.

Tom Cross, 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.

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

Renée Free, 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).

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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