J.W. TRISTRAM, not titled [Landscape] Enlarge 1 /1


Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1872 – 1938

not titled [Landscape] [(Nocturne - waterhole and saplings in meadow)] 1921 Place made: Australia
Materials & Technique: drawings, watercolours, painting in watercolour Support: thick textured 'watercolour' paper

Primary Insc: signed and dated lower left in watercolour, 'J. W. Tristram - 1921'. not titled.
Dimensions: image 27.2 h x 42.7 w cm sheet 27.2 h x 42.7 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Oscar Paul Collection, Gift of Henriette von Dallwitz and of Richard Paul in honour of his father 1965.
Accession No: NGA 65.91
  • The Oscar Paul Collection.
  • Gift to the Commonwealth Art Advisory Board (C.A.A.B.), from Henriette von Dallwitz and of Richard Paul in honour of his father, May 1965.

JW Tristram’s Landscape is typical of his repertoire of romantic nocturnes in celebration of the Australian bush. Tristram, a highly skilled watercolourist, teacher and founding member of the Australian Watercolour Institute was also a great admirer of JJ Hilder, who is also represented in Moist with Farm kitchen 1908. Like Hilder, Tristram often used the reverse side of the paper to paint his watercolours – allowing the watery pigment to pool in the highly textured surface of his dappled and dreamy landscapes. In Landscape Tristram paints a rising full moon glowing in the quiet waters of a meandering creek; supple young eucalypt saplings stand tall, strong and graceful, silhouetted against the blue warmth of the bush night. 

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra