Skip to content

Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. We are observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information




Western art

View More:


Their ever-shifting home



Stanhope Alexander Forbes


18 Nov 1857 - 02 Mar 1947




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


179.2 x 115.6 cm stretcher; 196.5 x 132.5 x 6.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.r., black paint "Stanhope A Forbes". Not dated.


Purchased 1890


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Stanhope Alexander Forbes

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 40 publications


Leigh Astbury, City bushmen: the Heidelberg school and the rural mythology, Melbourne, 1985, p [1476], illus p 146, fig 196.

Mrs Lionel Birch, Stanhope A Forbes, ARA, and Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes, ARWS, London, 1906, p 36.

Henry Blackburn (Editor), Academy notes 1887, London, 1887, p 15, illus with sketch p 84.

['Cervus'], Sydney Morning Herald, ‘To the gallery with an artist’, Sydney, 19 Sep 1891, p 4.

Paula Dredge and Alan Lloyd, Paintings conservation in Australia from the nineteenth century to the present: connecting the past to the future: contributions to the eleventh AICCM paintings group symposium, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 2008, ‘The sub-committee and the restorer: conservation at the National Art Gallery of NSW 1899–1910’, Canberra, 2008, pp 25–37: p 29, illus p 37, fig 5.

Caroline Fox, Stanhope Forbes and the Newlyn school, London, 1993, p 26, illus p 27.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 64, illus p 64.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'European', Sydney, 1988, p 44.

Renée Free, Art and Australia, vol 10, no 1, 'European Collection', Sydney, Jul 1972, p 64.

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 3, 1905, p 135.

C Lewis Hind, Art Journal, 'Stanhope A Forbes, RA', London, Dec 1911, pp 1–32: pp 8, 28, illus p 14.

Anne Kirker and Peter Tomory, British painting 1800–1990 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1997, p 83, no 683.

May L Manning, Magazine of Art, 'Art in Australia', London, 1895, pp 215–19: p 218.

Wilfrid Meynell, The Art Journal, ‘Mr Stanhope A Forbes’, London, Jun 1892, pp 65–69: p 68. Includes engraving of the artist painting the picture (p 66).

Tom Roberts, Argus, ‘The National Art Gallery of New South Wales', Melbourne, 31 Oct 1891, p 4.

Howard D Rodee, Scenes of rural and urban poverty in Victorian Painting and their development, 1850 to 1890, New York, 1975, pp 90, 234.

Julian Treuherz, Hard times: social realism in Victorian art, Manchester, 1987-1988, p 12.

Magazine of Art, ‘Art in September’, London, 1887, pp xliii–xlvi: p xlvi.

Exhibition of British art by the Royal Anglo-Australian Society of Artists, Sydney, 1890, p 23, no 70.

Exhibition of British art by the Royal Anglo-Australian Society of Artists, Melbourne, 1890, p 23, no 63.

Illustrated Sydney News, 'Notes on art', Sydney, 07 Jun 1890, p 24.

Sydney Morning Herald, ‘The Royal Anglo-Australian Society’s Pictures’, Sydney, 13 Aug 1890, p 8.

Sydney Morning Herald, no 16465, ‘Review of the year artistic’, Sydney, 31 Dec 1890, p 10.

Builder, ‘Further notes on Academy pictures’, London, 14 May 1887, pp 714–16: p 715.

National Art Gallery (report of trustees for the year 1890), Sydney, 1891, p 1.

Sydney Morning Herald, ‘Mr Poynter's new picture [letter]’, Sydney, 24 Nov 1892, p 8.

Art Journal, ‘The Royal Academy exhibition’, London, 1887, pp 277–80: p 277.

Catalogue of the second interchange loan collections of oil paintings and water-colour drawings exhibited in the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Galleries, April 1896, Sydney, 1896, p 47, no 2, illus p 46.

Pall Mall Gazette “Extra”, ‘The Pictures of 1887’, London, 02 May 1887, illus p 39.

National Art Gallery of NSW illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1906, p 34, no 90.

National Art Gallery of NSW illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1917, p 32, no 81.

National Art Gallery of NSW: illustrated catalogue, Sydney, 1924, p 56, no 153.

An exhibition of a selected number of subject pictures belonging to the national collection, typescript exh cat, Sydney, Jul 1943, p 11, no 38.

Seventeenth autumn exhibition of pictures in oil and water-colours, Liverpool, 1887, p 14, no 169.

The exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, MDCCCLXXXVII, the one hundred and nineteenth, London, 1887, p 23, no 543.

Magazine of Art, London, 1887, pp 289–94: pp 289–90, illus p 309 (with engraving).

Sydney Morning Herald, no 17964, ‘National Art Gallery – the interchange question’, Sydney, 15 Oct 1895, p 3.

Saturday Review, ‘The Royal Academy – II’, London, 14 May 1887, pp 685–86: p 685.

Victorian social conscience, Sydney, 1976, p 35, no 23, illus p 68.

Illustrated London News, ‘The Royal Academy – third notice’, London, 21 May 1887, p 584.