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Princess & 'Burke & Wills'

oil on wood panel
21.5 × 16.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through the NGV Foundation with the assistance of The Hugh D. T. Williamson Foundation, Honorary Life Benefactor, 2005
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 6
Level 2, NGV Australia
About the work
Princess & ‘Burke & Wills’ was painted in Spring Street, Melbourne, in close proximity to the artist’s studios in Grosvenor Chambers, located at 9 Collins Street. It shows the north of Little Bourke Street corner of the Princess Theatre (1886) and Charles Summers’s Burke and Wills statue of 1865, moved to this site in 1886. A black-clad figure stands at the foot of the monument. The painting combines Streeton’s interest in the development of ‘Marvellous Melbourne’ with his preoccupation with the representation of light and atmosphere.