An image of 'Still glides the stream, and shall for ever glide'

Arthur Streeton

(Australia, England, Australia 08 Apr 1867 – 01 Sep 1943)

'Still glides the stream, and shall for ever glide'

Other titles:
An Australian gloaming, Still glides the stream, Still glides the stream and shall forever glide, Still glides the stream and shall for ever glide
19th c Australian art
Further information

Arthur Streeton painted this landscape at the Eaglemont Homestead near Heidelberg during the summer of 1890, when he was only 22 years old. The scene presents an idealised vision of the Yarra River at Heidelberg, with the Doncaster Tower in the middle distance and the Dandenong Ranges beyond.

The title is taken from Wordsworth’s sonnet ‘Conclusion’ from his poem cycle 'The River Duddon'. A Romantic expression of the mortality and transience of human life contrasted with the enduring beauty of art, the poem appealed to the young painter and expressed something of his own ambitions for his artistic practice.

Place of origin
Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
oil on canvas
82.6 x 153.0 cm stretcher; 79.5 x 150.5 cm sight edge; 118.0 x 189.0 x 9.5 cm frame :
0 - Whole, 82 x 153 cm, SIGHT DIMENSION
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., brown oil "Arthur StrEEton - 1890 -/ ...".

Purchased 1890
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