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Nearing the camping ground



John Ford Paterson

Scotland, Australia

Mar 1851 - 01 Jul 1912




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


125.4 x 51.8

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., oil "J.F. Paterson 1889".


Purchased 1890


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

John Ford Paterson

Works in the collection


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 20 publications


A.C., Age, 'Australian artists of the past: John Ford Paterson', Melbourne, 24 Sep 1932.

Julian Ashton., Daily telegraph, ‘National Art Gallery: The Australian Court’, Sydney, 27 Sep 1905, unknown.

Maurice Brodzky (Editor), Table talk, 'Art and artists: Victorian winter exhibition', pg. 6, Melbourne, 10 May 1889, 6.

Leon Gellert and Sydney Ure Smith (Editors), Art in Australia, Sydney, Aug 1933, 49 (illus.).

Lyn Johnstone, John Ford Paterson: a family tradition, 'Something evanescent', pg. 7-28, Victoria, 2010. General reference

Henry Lawson, Favourite poems, Sydney, 1992, 24-25 (colour illus.).

Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. 196 [Gallery No. 3]

Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. 56

William Moore, The story of Australian art from the earliest known art of the continent to the art of today (Vol. 1), 'Galleries', pg. 179-214, Sydney, 1934, 20 (illus.), 211.

William Moore., The Courier Mail, Art and artists: John Ford Paterson', Brisbane, 12 Nov 1932. John Ford Paterson memorial exhibition review

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1899, Sydney, 1899. 284

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1893, Sydney, 1893. 357

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Catalogue of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1891, Sydney, 1891, 65. 225; titled 'Nearing the Camping Ground'.

Bernard William Smith, A catalogue of Australian oil paintings in the National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1875-1952, Sydney, 1953, 159.

Victorian Artists Society, Victorian Artists' Society catalogue of winter exhibition, May 1889, Melbourne, 1889, 7, 8 (illus.). 52, 'Nearing the camping ground', £75-0-0, black-and-white line illustration of work

Editor Unknown (Editor), Argus, 'Winter exhibition of the Victorian Artists' Society: second notice', pg. 9, Melbourne, 15 May 1889, 9.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Argus, 'Saturday afternoons: at the opening of the Artists' exhibition', pg. 7, Melbourne, 06 May 1889, 7.

Illustrated Australian news and musical times, 'The Victorian Artists' Society', pg. 21, Melbourne, 01 Jun 1889, 21.

The Australasian, 'The pictorial: pictures at the Victorian Artists' exhibition', pg. 968, Melbourne, 11 May 1889, 968. Pages in 'The Australasian' were numbered from the first issue of the year.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Studio, 'Art of the British Empire Overseas', pg. 73, London, 1917, 73 (illus.).