An image of The national game

Arthur Streeton

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

The national game

Other titles:
The football match, Footballers, The football game
19th c Australian art
Further information

'An effect is only momentary ... it has been the object of the artists to render faithfully, and thus obtain first records of effects widely differing, and often of very fleeting character'.

9 by 5 impression exhibition catalogue, 1889

'The national game' was exhibited in the influential '9 by 5 impression exhibition' held at Buxton's Gallery in Swanston Street, Melbourne, in August 1889. The exhibition included paintings that would normally have been considered preliminary sketches for larger works and consequently unsuitable for public exhibition. It proved to be central to the development of the Heidelberg school of Australian 'impressionism', a turning point in the history of Australian landscape painting.

Place of origin
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
oil on cardboard
11.8 x 22.9 cm board; 34.5 x 50.8 x 2.3 cm frame
Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, incised "A.S.". Not dated.

Purchased 1963
Accession number