An image of A solitary ramble

Julian Ashton

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

A solitary ramble

Not on display
Further information

Julian Ashton was particularly adept at conveying the open spaces and clear light of the Australian landscape in his watercolours, a medium well suited to painting 'on the spot'. 'A solitary ramble' is one of the best known watercolours in the collection. Its depiction of leisured, rural life in nineteenth century Australia reflects the growing sense of national pride that was evolving in colonial society, which formed an identity closely associated with the bush.

The female figure with a parasol is the artist's wife, shown in a lane behind Griffith's Orchard in Richmond, near Sydney, NSW.

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
Richmond, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
watercolour, opaque white highlights on paper
35.5 x 25.7 cm sheet; 58.2 x 46.6 x 2.3cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., watercolour "J.R. ASHTON/ JUNE 1888".

Purchased 1888
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