An image of A waterhole on the Hawkesbury River

Julian Ashton

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

A waterhole on the Hawkesbury River

Other titles:
Waterhole on the Hawkesbury
Not on display
Further information

Julian Ashton deliberately fostered an identifiable Australian Art and he was to prove enormously influential in the capacity of administrator and teacher in Sydney in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Ashton's most consistent advice was to paint the landscape, in front of the motif and although his own canvases rarely bear witness to this advice, many significant painters in the early twentieth century heeded it.

In 1884 Ashton and A.J. Daplyn camped on the banks of the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney, and this work is a result of that trip. Sketching for the 'Picturesque Atlas of Australasia' made Ashton more aware of particular traits of specific locales and painting with Buvelot in 1880 may also have heightened a receptivity to different atmospheric effects. Under Ashton's influence Richmond and the Hawkesbury were to become much frequented by artists in subsequent decades.

except from 'Two centuries of Australian painting: a selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales', exhibition catalogue, AGNSW & Orange Regional Gallery, 1986

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006

Place of origin
Hawkesbury River, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
oil on canvas
59.0 x 95.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., "J.R. ASHTON/ 1885".

Transferred to the Gallery by the Colonial Secretary 1892
Accession number