Department of Education,
Training and Youth Affairs

Welcome to 'In the Artist's Footsteps'. This website is being developed as a site for art lovers and students throughout the world to gain an appreciation of the lives and works of Australian Artists and the social environments in which they lived and painted.

Brushstrokes of the Coast
In conjunction with the Victorian Coastal Council, a special project aimed at promoting the cultural, environmental and historical significance of Victoria's coast.

Sir William Dargie
Brushstrokes of Influence
In 1956 William Dargie won the Archibald Prize
for his painting of Albert Namatjira

Albert Namatjira
Image from 1958 Catalogue of Originals by ALBERT NAMATJIRA

The Albert Namatjira Collection
A most significant Australian

Our starting point has been chartered by the Icon painters of the Australian Heidelberg School - Tom Roberts, Sir Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder and Walter Withers, who as young men created so much of Australia's cultural fabric with the plein air impressionistic paintings of every aspect of Australian life and environment.

During this period there were a number of significant women painter's of the Heidelberg School including Elizabeth Parsons, Jane Price, Clara Southern, Jane Sutherland and May Vale.

Elizabeth Parsons
Private Collection

Jane Price
Private Collection

Clara Southern
Photograph in The Bulletin,
29 May 1929
State Library of South Australia

Jane Sutherland, c. 1885
Ms. 12311,
Sutherland Family Scrapbook,
La Trobe collection
State Library of Victoria

May Vale
Private Collection

David Davies
La Trobe Australian Manuscripts Collection
State Library of Victoria

Eugene von Guerard
La Trobe Picture Collection
State Library of Victoria

Frederick McCubbin
Sepia tined gelatin silver photograph
Private Collection

Arthur Streeton
Private Collection

Charles Conder
Cabinet-portrait photograph of 1886
Australian Manuscripts Collection
State Library of Victoria


Tom Roberts
Private Collection

Walter Withers, c. 1906
Private Collection

Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts, born 8 March 1856 at Dorchester, Dorset, England is the subject of special celebration of Australia's Centenary of Federation through the painting of the Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by H.R.H. the Duke of Cornwall and York, (later King George V) May 9 1901 (1903). The opening of Federal Parliament 1901 was held at the Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne. This painting was finished two years after the event. The painting is now exhibited at Parliament House Canberra.

Born England 1856, Arrived Australia 1869, Died 1931
(LATER H.M. KING GEORGE V) MAY 9 1901 (1903)

oil on canvas, 304.5 x 509.2 cm
Collection: On permanent loan to the Parliament of Australia from the British Royal Collection

In the Artist's Footsteps is curated by leading Australian Art Historian Andrew Mackenzie who has studied and written about Australian artists for the past thirty years. We are fortunate to have access to his incisive comment for accuracy and personal knowledge.

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Left: Arthur Streeton - Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

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