An image of Bringing in the dinner

Robert Atkinson

(Australia, England, New Zealand 15 Nov 1863 – 1896)

Bringing in the dinner

Location
Not on display
Further information

This watercolour gives a rare glimpse of daily life at one of the artists' camps on Sydney Harbour in the 1880s. The figure in the watercolour may be 'Old Ben', a retired sea captain who was the camp's caretaker and cook. Old Ben was also painted by a number of other artists, including AJ Daplyn and Julian Ashton. A small portrait study in watercolour is on the verso.

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 of origin
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Year
1889
Media
Watercolour
Medium
pencil, watercolour, white gouache
Dimensions
31.4 x 23.7 cm sheet; 54.8 x 47.2 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., brown watercolour "R. Atkinson ... 89/ ...".
Credit
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2004
Accession number
252.2004