Collection Online
Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
48.5 × 37.0 cm
Accession Number
1242-4
Department
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1943
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Gallery location
Gallery 6
Level 2, NGV Australia
About

Australian medical student William Maloney was a friend of Russell and Tom Roberts in London in the early 1880s. This work was a gift to Maloney on his return to Australia in 1887, and Russell may have hoped that Roberts, back in Melbourne, would see it as a demonstration of Russell’s new Impressionist technique. In the background is an East Asian scroll, indicative of Russell’s admiration of Japanese art at this time.