An image of Bringing in the dinner

Robert Atkinson

(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
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
pencil, watercolour, white gouache
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/ ...".
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2004
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