Painted at the Box Hill Artists' Camp in 1886, this work is a companion to 'Lost', 1886, also painted at this site. It is also a companion to 'Found', painted in 1892.
'Gathering Mistletoe' is the first in this series of narrative works, which tells the story of the young girl who goes gathering mistletoe in the bush, only to become lost, and eventually is found.
Note the immature red box eucalypts (Eucalyptus Polyanthemos) captured in this work, which become very much a motif in many of the works painted at the Box Hill Artists' Camp.
The model for the work was Mary Anne or 'Dolly', one of Frederick McCubbin's younger sisters, who was born on 6 March 1857. The painting shows the strong influence of J.B.C.Corot on McCubbin's work at this time, as well as the strong influence of the 'Naturalists'.
Left: Arthur Streeton
- Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890