Julian Ashton (1851–1942) founded what is now known as the Julian Ashton Art School in The Rocks district of Sydney in 1896, which provided training for numerous subsequently eminent artists. As portraitist, landscape painter and illustrator, Ashton was a respected artist in his own right and a leading advocate of Impressionism in Sydney. A trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 1889–1940, he was an influential figure in Sydney artistic circles for over forty years.
This work was a finalist in the 1928 Archibald Prize and was acquired by the Gallery in 1929.
Julian Rossi Ashton
oil on canvas
127.0 x 103.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated bot.c., black oil "G.W. Lambert ARA/ 1928".
Not on display
Shown in 6 exhibitions
The Sydney Art School retrospective exhibition, 1890-1933, Vickery's Galleries, Sydney, 01 Mar 1933–28 Mar 1933
Artists by artists (1954), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Nov 1954–05 Dec 1954
New South Wales Travelling Art Scholarship 1900 to 1956, National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Apr 1956 -
Famous Australians by famous Australian artists, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 07 Mar 1964–21 Mar 1964
George Lambert retrospective: heroes & icons, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 29 Jun 2007–16 Sep 2007
Painting The Rocks: The loss of old Sydney, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, 07 Aug 2010–28 Nov 2010
Referenced in 5 publications
Anne Douglas, Painting The Rocks: the loss of old Sydney, 'Stories from Old Sydney: Julian Ashton', pg. 115, Sydney, 2010, 114 (colour illus.).
Unknown and Henry Gibbons, The Sydney Art School retrospective exhibition 1890-1933, Sydney, 1933, (colour illus.). cat.no. 236; titled 'Julian Rossi Ashton'; not paginated
William Moore, The story of Australian art from the earliest known art of the continent to the art of today (Vol. 1), 'Schools', pg. 214-232, Sydney, 1934, (illus.).
Tony Tuckson, New South Wales Travelling Art Scholarship 1900 to 1956, Sydney, 1956, 7. cat.no. 2
Sydney Ure Smith (Editor), Art in Australia [series 3, no. 29], Sydney, Sep 1929, (colour illus.). plate no. 2