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Artwork - River Yarra Near Dights Falls, circa 1892 / by Herbert James Woodhouse

From the Collection of Kew Historical Society Inc 1 Civic Drive Kew Victoria

Oil painting on board by Herbert James Woodhouse of the Yarra at Studley Park, circa 1892, possibly the painting described below in Table Talk. It would appear that the city of Melbourne is on the horizon. The exact location may however be difficult to ascertain given the changes to the landscape caused by the creation of the Eastern Freeway, which included changes to the course of the Yarra.
Object Registration
australian art - 19th century, herbert james woodhouse (1854-1937), yarra river - studley park
Historical information
Herbert James Woodhouse (1854-1937) was born in Essex and arrived in Australia with his family in 1857. A painter-lithographer like his father and three of his brothers, he was a prizewinner in the South Australian Society of Arts exhibition of 1885. He also received commendations in exhibitions at the Victorian Academy of Arts and the New South Wales Arts Society. At an exhibition of his paintings at Scott’s Hotel in Collins Street in 1892, the reviewer for Table Talk noted that the ‘artist paints almost solely in the open air, and his studies are generally carried out during the trips of the Victorian Sketching Club’. One of the paintings singled out for praise was: ‘A very effective river scene at Willsmere, aptly named A Midstream Mirror, ... a picture powerful in its effective reflection of sunlight in the river.’ Herbert Woodhouse died in Geelong in June 1937, aged 82, and was buried in the Eastern Cemetery. A number of his sketchbooks are held in the collection of the State Library of Victoria.
When Made
Made By
Herbert James Woodhouse (Maker)
The artwork is historically and aesthetically significant in its 19th century depiction of the Yarra at Studley Park.
Inscriptions & Markings
Verso, written by artist: "River Yarra Near Dights Falls"
Last updated
26 Jan 2020 at 10:53AM