Box Hill artists' camp

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The Artists' Camp, by Tom Roberts
Down on His Luck, by Frederick McCubbin

The Box Hill artists' camp was a site in Box Hill, Victoria, Australia favoured for plein air painting in the late 1880s by a group of artists who were part of a movement that later became known as the Heidelberg School.

In the summer of 1885/86, Tom Roberts and Frederick McCubbin set up a tent on the site near Damper Creek (now Gardiners Creek) on the property of David Houston, about a mile south of the railway station.[1] At this time the area was relatively untouched bush.

Painting activities were carried out on weekends by the two artists over the next few years and at various times other artists would join them including Arthur Streeton, Louis Abrahams, Charles Conder, Jane Sutherland, Tom Humphrey and John Mather.

Works painted in and around the site include:

  • The artists' camp (Roberts, 1886)[2]
  • A summer morning tiff (Roberts, 1886) [3]
  • Lost (McCubbin, 1886)[4]
  • Gathering mistletoe (McCubbin, 1886][5]
  • Obstruction (Sutherland, 1887)[6]
  • Reconciliation (Roberts, 1887)
  • Settler's Camp (Streeton, 1888)[7]
  • Pastoral (Streeton, 1888)[8]
  • The way to school (Humphrey, 1888)[6]
  • Orchard at Box Hill (Conder, 1888)[9]
  • Down on His Luck (McCubbin 1889)[10]

The site is located within the now suburbanised area of Box Hill South and is commemorated by a cairn in Artists Park off Prince Street and nearby Roberts McCubbin Primary School.

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  1. ^ Moore, William (7 April 1985). "How Australian art was born on the road to Heidelberg". The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). ACT: National Library of Australia. p. 42 Section: Good Weekend. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Tom Roberts - The Artist's Camp, c. 1886". In the Artist's Footsteps. Countrywide Productions. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
  3. ^ "Tom Roberts - A Summer Morning Tiff, 1886". In the Artist's Footsteps. Countrywide Productions. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
  4. ^ "Frederick McCubbin - Lost, 1886". In the Artist's Footsteps. Countrywide Productions. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
  5. ^ "Frederick McCubbin - Gathering Mistletoe, 1886". In the Artist's Footsteps. Countrywide Productions. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
  6. ^ a b "Jane Sutherland - Obstruction, 1886". In the Artist's Footsteps. Countrywide Productions. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
  7. ^ Boland, Michaela. "Former Holmes a Court Streeton for sale after owners redecorate". The Australian. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Pastoral". Collection search. National Gallery of Victoria. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Charles Conder - Orchard at Box Hill (Circa 1888)". Australian collection. National Gallery of Victoria. Archived from the original on 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2008-10-17.
  10. ^ "Frederick McCubbin - Down on his luck, 1889". In the Artist's Footsteps. Countrywide Productions. Retrieved 2008-10-17.