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Godfrey RIVERS

Plymouth, England 1859 – London, England 1925

  • Australia from 1889

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

Primary Insc: signed and dated lower right in purple oil, 'RG RIVERS 05'
Dimensions: 25.7 h x 16.9 w cm framed (overall) 380 h x 295 w x 50 d mm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2008
Accession No: NGA 2008.693

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