DOWN ON HIS LUCK,
This work was painted in the bush in the vicinity of the Box Hill Artists' Camp on David Houston's property.
The model for the unsuccessful gold digger was 37 year old, Louis Abrahams, who appears in the landscape in a harsher light, and was possibly added later in McCubbin's studio. Louis Abrahams, nicknamed 'The Don', was born in 1852. It was through his family, who were merchants in the cigar industry, that a supply of 9 by 5 inch cigar box lids were made available for his artist colleagues to paint on, for their 9 by 5 Impression Exhibition, held at Buxton's Gallery on 17 August 1889.
Left: Arthur Streeton
- Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890