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Timber getters



J J Hilder


23 Jul 1881 - Apr 1916


The vogue for watercolours and the sustained public interest in national landscape collide happily in the work of J. J. Hilder. Queensland-born, he was essentially self-taught in the watercolour medium, which he commanded with an authority equalled only by Hans Heysen and Blamire Young. Timber getters takes its cues from the Heidelberg School, Sydney Long and the English aesthetic movement, with Hilder supplying his signature touch of atmospheric fluidity. The image coheres for the viewer from pools of pure colour. Hilder's early death from tuberculosis robbed Australian art of a unique sensibility, though a substantial body of his work survives.




Media category


Materials used

pencil, watercolour on ivory wove paper


22.2 x 27.5 cm sheet; 47.0 x 49.5 x 2.3 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., watercolour "J.J. HILDER/ 1910".


Gift of Howard Hinton 1917


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

J J Hilder

Works in the collection


Shown in 8 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 11 publications


Dennis Colsey and Hal Missingham, One hundred years of Australian landscape painting: Art Gallery of New South Wales Travelling Art Exhibition 1968, Sydney, 1968, 12, 13 (illus.). 10

Douglas Dundas., The Etruscan, 'The watercolours of J.J. Hilder', Sydney, Sep 1959, 22 (colour illus.).

Gavin Fry, Parallel visions: works from the Australian collection, 'J.J. Hilder / Blamire Young / Norman Lindsay', pg. 72-87, Sydney, 2002, 74 (colour illus.), 75, 144, 147.

R.H. Goddard, Lionel Lindsay and C.B. Newling, A memorial volume to Howard Hinton patron of art, Sydney, 1951, 138 (illus.). 14

Brett Hilder and Lloyd Rees, The heritage of J. J. Hilder, Sydney, 1966. 191

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Works on Paper', pg. 182-197, Sydney, 1999, 191 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Twentieth century Australian watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1989. 31

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian watercolours 1880s to 1990s, Sydney, 1995, 32 (colour illus.), 115-116. 19

Lionel Lindsay, Howard Hinton memorial exhibition, 'Howard Hinton, OBE', pg. 2-3, Sydney, 1948, 5. 14

Ursula Prunster and Edmund Capon AM, OBE, J.J. Hilder and contemporaries, Sydney, 1981, (illus.). 5

Sydney Ure Smith (Editor), Art of Australia 1788-1941, New York, 1941, 39, (illus.). 72