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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


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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Unknown, Stanhope A Forbes, ARA, and Elizabeth Stanhope Forbes, ARWS, London, 1906, p 36.

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

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

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

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