An image of Waiting

Gordon Coutts

(Australia 1865 – 1937)

Waiting

Location
Not on display
Further information

Trained at the Royal Academy schools in London and Académie Julian in Paris, Gordon Coutts arrived in Melbourne and took up studies at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School. He met Tom Roberts there, whose influence is reflected in this portrait of a young woman seated in the waiting room of a wayside station in the bush. The model, in fact, posed inside a studio, with the background painted around her afterwards.

This popular painting is the artist's most esteemed Australian work. The femininity of the sitter and her fashionable attire were trademarks of portrait and genre styles at the time.

Year
(circa 1895)
Media
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
90.2 x 59.7 cm stretcher; 119.8 x 89 x 8cm frame
Signature & date
Signed l.l., "Gordon Coutts". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1896
Accession number
5893