James W. LINTON, A winter's day on the Swan Enlarge 1 /1


London, England 1869 – Perth, Western Australia, Australia 1947

  • Australia from 1896

A winter's day on the Swan c.1910 Place made: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas

Primary Insc: signed with monogram and dated lower left, '1920'.
Dimensions: 61.5 h x 91.8 w cm framed (overall) 845 h x 1157 w x 55 d mm
Acknowledgement: Ruth Robertson Bequest Fund in memory of Edwin Clive and Leila Jeanne Robertson 2011
Accession No: NGA 2011.191

James W.R. Linton studied art in the 1880s and worked in London before being sent to Western Australia in 1896 to look at a mine-site that his family hoped to acquire. Despite finding it unsuitable Linton settled in Perth, where he became one of the state’s most significant Federation landscape painters and craftsmen. In 1901, he was commissioned to create a souvenir casket in Australian timber for the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York on their visit to Western Australia.

A winter’s day on the Swan was painted on the banks of the ‘mighty Swan River’ near Linton’s home in the South Perth area.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2013
From: Miriam kelly, Capital & Country: The Federation Years 1900 – 1913, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2013