Born in England, Walter Withers studied at the Royal Academy, London before arriving in Australia in 1882. He studied further at the National Gallery School, Melbourne 1884-87 and in Paris 1887-88. One of the celebrated Heidelberg group of landscape painters, Withers won the Wynne Prize for landscape in 1897 and 1900, was President of the Victorian Aritsts Society and a trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria. He lived in the house 'Charterisville' in Heidelberg, Creswick (where he taught both Percy and Norman Lindsay) and in Eltham for the last ten years or so of his life. This is the only drawing by Withers in the Gallery's collection and is from the remains of a sketchbook with Heidelberg and Eltham subjects.
excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005
Place where the work was made
pencil, yellow and blue watercolour wash
22.7 x 29.1 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed twice l.l. with artist's monogram, pencil "W.W". Not dated.
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Auction: Australiana: eminent and early Australian paintings, original and early lithographs, documents, convict relics, armour, etc. ... 12th-13th July, 1962, Leonard Joel, South Yarra, 12 Jul 1962–13 Jul 1962
Acquisitions 1962, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Apr 1963–12 May 1963
19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005
Referenced in 4 publications
1962 Acquisitions, Sydney, 1963. cat.no. 50
Masters of the Heidelberg School, Leichhardt, 1998, 92 (illus.). plate no. 89
19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 134, 135 (colour illus.).
Leonard Joel, Auction: Australiana: eminent and early Australian paintings, original and early lithographs, documents, convict relics, armour, etc. ... 12th-13th July, 1962, Melbourne, 1962. lot no. 395