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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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Arthur Streeton, Nora Streeton (nee Clench) and Pat, the dog

c. 1909
H. Walter Barnett

platinum photograph on printed card (sheet: 38.6 cm x 25.1 cm, image: 20.1 cm x 13.6 cm)

Arthur Streeton (1867–1943), painter, grew up in Geelong and Melbourne and attended night classes at the National Gallery School between 1882 and 1887. In 1886 he met Frederick McCubbin and Tom Roberts, who admired his paintings and invited him to join one of the painting camps on the outskirts of Melbourne. With Roberts, McCubbin and Charles Conder, Streeton was a core member of the group of artists known as the ‘Heidelberg School’. In 1897, after several years in Sydney, moved to London with the photographer Walter Barnett and his wife. Streeton spent most of the next 25 years in Europe, working for some time as an official Australian war artist in France, and serving alongside Roberts and other expatriate Australians in the Royal Army Medical Corps at the 3rd London General Hospital at Wandsworth. He married the Canadian violinist Nora Clench (1867–1938) in 1908. Barnett later photographed the couple at their St John’s Wood home in England. Some years after the end of the war, in 1923, the Streetons returned to Australia, settling near Melbourne.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2001

Artist and subject

H. Walter Barnett (age 47 in 1909)

Arthur Streeton (age 42 in 1909)

Nora Streeton (age 42 in 1909)

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Beguiling impressions

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2012

Sarah Engledow is seduced by the portraits and the connections between the artists and their subjects in the exhibition Impressions: Painting light and life.

Tea time, c.1898–1902 by Rupert Bunny (1864–1947)
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Tea time, c.1898–1902 by Rupert Bunny (1864–1947)
Tea time, c.1898–1902 by Rupert Bunny (1864–1947)

Impressions

Painting light and life

Previous exhibition, 2011

Impressions: Painting light and life presents portraits by, and of, artists at the heart of Australian impressionism including Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Frederick McCubbin.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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