An image of The Bluff, Middle Harbour, Sydney

Robert Atkinson

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

The Bluff, Middle Harbour, Sydney

Other titles:
The Bluff, Middle Harbour
Not on display
Further information

Robert Atkinson studied in London and Antwerp before moving to New Zealand, then in 1885 to Australia. Like many other artists, he worked as an illustrator on various publications, including 'The Bulletin'. He spent about five years in Sydney, exhibiting with the Art Society of NSW, and was a resident of the artists' camp at Edwards Beach near Balmoral, the site of several of his best known works. 'The Bluff, Middle Harbour', painted from the headland north of the artists' camp, was bought by the Gallery in the year that it was painted, also the year Atkinson returned to England.

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, chinese white highlights
75.2 x 55.9 cm sheet; frame 109.5 x 88.0 x 4.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, pale blue watercolour "R ATKINSON 1889".

Purchased 1889
Accession number