Arthur STREETON, View of Hampstead Heath from Jack Straw's Castle Enlarge 1 /1


Duneed, Victoria, Australia 1867 – Olinda, Victoria, Australia 1943

  • England 1897-1906, 1907-24

View of Hampstead Heath from Jack Straw's Castle [(English landscape)] c.1901-8 Place made: England
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on canvas

Primary Insc: signed lower left in oil, 'AS'. not dated.
Dimensions: 35.5 h x 45.9 w cm framed (overall) 634 h x 733 w x 90 d mm
Cat Raisonné: Eagle(1994),p138
Acknowledgement: Mary Meyer Bequest in memory of her husband Dr Felix Meyer 1975
Accession No: NGA 75.667.31
  • Collection of artist Mary Meyer nee Nanson (1878-1975), Melbourne. Bequeathed by her to the ANG in memory of her husband Dr Felix Meyer 1975.

Arthur Streeton left for London in 1897, his head filled with the successes of his Australian Impressionist landscapes of the 1880s and 1890s. Streeton continued to paint the landscape, despite the dominance of portraiture and figure painting in Europe, inspired by the nineteenth-century Romantic landscape painters J.M.W. Turner and John Constable.

Streeton journeyed in the footsteps of these artists, painting in similar locales including Hampstead Heath on the outskirts of London. He once described the view over the Heath as like looking across the sea. In this work, Streeton conveys the rich blue-green slopes in tones muted by Turneresque effects of sunlight filtering through fog.

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