(Australia, England, New Zealand 15 Nov 1863–1896)
Bringing in the dinner
- 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
New South Wales,
- pencil, watercolour, white gouache
- 31.4 x 23.7cm sheet; 54.8 x 47.2cm frame
- Signature & date
- Signed and dated l.r., brown watercolour "R. Atkinson ... 89/ ...".
- D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2004
- Accession number