(Australia 1854 – 1914)
Seeking for gold - cradling
- Other titles:
- Gold fossicking, Cradling, The gold puddlers, Gold fossickers
- 19th c Australian art
- Further information
'Seeking for gold - cradling' is a heroic depiction of the Australian worker and landscape. It presents two men fossicking for gold in a stream, saturated in brilliant sunlight. Each man is using a gold cradle - a box on inclined rockers containing metal sieves, which was moved by hand to process soil, capturing gold in the base of the cradle.
After arriving in Melbourne in 1883, English-born Walter Withers continued his studies at the National Gallery School. He became a central member of the Heidelberg group of artists and was a strong advocate of plein-air painting. In January 1893 Withers held outdoor painting classes in the gold mining town of Creswick, Victoria. Here he painted landscape and mining subjects including 'Seeking for gold - cradling', demonstrating his affinity with the Australian landscape. Other related works by Withers are held in the National Gallery of Australia and the City of Ballarat Fine Art Gallery.
- Place of origin
- oil on canvas on hardboard
- 67.0 x 49.6 cm board (irreg.); 95.1 x 77.2 cm frame
- Signature & date
- Signed and dated l.l., brown oil "Walter Withers/ 93".
- Gift of the Australian Securities Exchange 2012
- Accession number