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Title

Brother Smudgers

circa 1907

Artist

Unknown

Australia

  • Details

    Date
    circa 1907
    Media category
    Ephemera
    Materials used
    typed poem
    Dimensions
    33.0 x 21.5 cm
    Credit
    National Art Archive. Gift of Jean Rubensohn 1990
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    ARC3.178.12
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Unknown

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  • About

    The artists’ camp at Curlew was established in the 1890s by Rueben Brasch, a clothing manufacturer who had moved to Sydney from Melbourne around 1875. Until the turn of the 20th century a number of artists lived and worked at the camp, including Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Henry Fullwood, A. J. Daplyn, Percy Spence and Nelson Illingworth. Critic Frederick Delmer and musician William Marshall-Hall also spent time there. This photograph was taken when Fred Lane was the proprietor of the camp. From the turn of the century the camp attracted those interested in sailing and the outdoor life. By this time it had a weatherboard dining hut and a billiards tent, known as the ‘tabernacle’. Fred Lane (F. C. V. Lane) was a champion swimmer, who had won two gold medals at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. On his return to Australia he settled at Curlew. During the week he caught the ferry to the city, where he worked as a master printer for the firm of Smith and Lane. He left the camp when he married in 1908.This poem was given to the Art Gallery's archive by his daughter Jean Rosalind Rubensohn (nee Lane). It is written 'by Grace'.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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