An image of Sentry-box Reach, Hawkesbury River, New South Wales

Julian Ashton

(England, Australia 27 Jan 1851 – 27 Apr 1942)

Sentry-box Reach, Hawkesbury River, New South Wales

Other titles:
Sentry Box Reach [1948]
Location
Not on display
Further information

Ashton's 'Sentry-box Reach' was painted when he was a staff artist for The picturesque atlas of Australasia; a position which allowed him to travel widely. The Hawkesbury soon became a favourite haunt for painting. He returned to it frequently with artist friends. 'Sentry-box Reach' is a classic example of nineteenth-century British watercolour technique – transparent washes of watercolour over barely perceptible pencil outlines, occasionally with some minor scraping out for highlights. It is a particularly convincing study of the expanse and conditions of the Hawkesbury landscape.

Place of origin
Hawkesbury River, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Year
1886
Media
Watercolour
Medium
pencil, watercolour, scraping out on paper
Dimensions
59.7 x 92.4 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.l., brown watercolour "J.R. ASHTON". Dated l.r., "1884".
Credit
Gift of Howard Hinton 1924
Accession number
22