Plymouth, England 1859 – London, England 1925
Wisteria, Coochin Coochin
1905 Title Notes: on verso: unfinished study of a butterfly
Place made: Coochin, Queensland, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on wood panel
Godfrey Rivers settled in Brisbane in 1890, where he became a leading figure in the artistic community. Rivers helped establish the Queensland Art Gallery in 1895, and became the Gallery’s inaugural curator. He participated in discussions about the emergence of a distinctly ‘Australian school of painting’, advocating an art that reflected close, sensitive observations of the Australian landscape.
Wisteria, Coochin Coochin, was painted at what is now one of Queensland’s oldest surviving homesteads. The expansive garden of Coochin Coochin featured introduced and native plants established by Gertrude Bell over several decades in the late 1800s, and was opened for public visits in 1905.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2013
From: Miriam kelly, Capital & Country: The Federation Years 1900 – 1913, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2013