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A bribe

circa 1893


Arthur Alfred Burrington


1856 - 10 Oct 1924


Other Title

The bribe


circa 1893

Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


81.0 x 134.5 cm stretcher; 97.3 x 152.2 x 7.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.l., brown paint "Arthur Burrington". Not dated.


Purchased 1896


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Arthur Alfred Burrington

Works in the collection


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Source unknown, Purchased by the AGNSW 1896

Referenced in 13 publications


John E Branch, Picture study in schools – records of the Education Society, no 7, Sydney, 1913, pp 31–33, illus p 29.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 28, illus p 28.

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, p 60, no 310. As 'The bribe'.

International exhibition of industry, science and art, Queen’s Domain, Hobart, Tasmania, 1894–5: official catalogue of the exhibits, Hobart, [1894], p 56, no 37.

Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 27 Nov 1894, p 6.

Bulletin, 'Society', Sydney, 23 Feb 1894, p 14.

National Art Gallery of NSW illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1906, p 12, no 31.

National Art Gallery of NSW illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1917, p 16, no 30.

National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1924, p 19, no 24.

Victorian social conscience, Sydney, 1976, p 30, no 6.

Saturday Review, 'Picture Galleries', London, 04 Nov 1893, p 517.

Institute of painters in oil colours: a catalogue of the 11th exhibition, containing illustrations by the artists, London, 1893-1894, p 15, no 142, illus p 45.

National Art Gallery of New South Wales (report of trustees for the year 1896), Sydney, 1897, p 1.