An image of Sentry-box Reach, Hawkesbury River, New South Wales

Julian Ashton

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

Sentry-box Reach, Hawkesbury River, New South Wales

Other titles:
Sentry Box Reach [1948], Scene on the Hawkesbury [1886]
Not on display
Further information

Ashton's watercolour was painted when he was a staff artist for 'The picturesque atlas of Australasia'; a position which allowed him to travel widely. The Hawkesbury soon became a favourite haunt for painting. He returned to it frequently with artist friends. This view of Sentry Box Reach is a classic example of nineteenth-century British watercolour technique – transparent washes of watercolour over barely perceptible pencil outlines, occasionally with some minor scraping out for highlights. It is a particularly convincing study of the expanse and conditions of the Hawkesbury landscape.

The work was exhibited in the Art Society of New South Wales annual exhibition, held at Sydney Town Hall, and which was open 19 April to 1 May 1888.

Place of origin
Hawkesbury River, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
pencil, watercolour, scraping out on paper
59.7 x 92.4 cm sheet; 85.2 x 121.0 x 9.3cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.l., brown watercolour "J.R. ASHTON". Dated l.r., "1884".

Gift of Howard Hinton 1924
Accession number