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Walter Withers

WALTER WITHERS
THE SILENT GUMS, 1909

WALTER WITHERS
Born England 1854, Arrived Australia 1883, Died 1914

THE SILENT GUMS, 1909
oil on canvas 105.0 x 181.0 cm
Felton Bequest, 1909
Collection: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Walter Withers painted this tranquil pastoral scene in the vicinity of Wingrove Park, Eltham. Here he has captured the dairy cattle belonging to local Eltham farmer, Mr Tom Orr, feeding and resting in the shade of the tall Manna gums. Withersí daughter, Nan recalled how her father, for inspiration, often visited the property of their neighbour, Mr Tom Orr, and in his later years, Withers painted many landscapes depicting Mr Orrís sheep and dairy cattle.

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