An image of The bullock team

Frank Mahony

(Australia, England 1862 – 28 Jun 1916)

The bullock team

Not on display
Further information

When it was first exhibited in the Gallery's 1891 Watercolour Competition a 'Sydney Herald' reviewer described this watercolour as:

'A very noticable picture, perhaps a little too highly coloured to meet with the trustees' approval ... and as ... one of the few subjects illustrative of the industrial side of Australian life. The scene is a characteristic one. The team has halted, and the teamsters are preparing a meal. The picture wants tone, but the idea is excellent, and the execution vigorous and true. The bullocks are life-like and their attitudes faithful and natural, the grouping is characteristic, and the detail, like that in the abraded tree-trunk in the foreground, has all been carefully put in. The picture illustrates a side of the timber trade, which is one of those features of pioneer enterprise which our artists might more generally study with a view to their preservation.'

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

watercolour, gum
59.5 x 76.1 cm sheet; 56.5 x 74.1 cm sight edge; 86.5 x 104.1 x 5.8 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, brown watercolour "FRANK P MAHONY/ 1891".

Purchased 1920
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