COUNTRY ROAD, c. 1898
Born England 1854, Arrived Australia 1883, Died 1914
oil on canvas 32.0 x 49.6 cm
Purchased with the assistance of a special grant
from the Government of Victoria, 1979
Collection: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Walter Withers has
captured in this work a scene of everyday life in early Eltham. Very typical
of Withersí road subjects and showing the influence of his studies of
the works of David Cox, this work depicts two swaggies, their blueys slung
over their shoulders, carrying their billies, trudging down an old country
road. Here in this Eltham landscape, in the height of Summer, no shade
is offered to the swaggies as they make their way down the well-worn track,
where even the post and rail fenceline is showing its age.
Arthur Streeton - Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890
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