Punting on the Parramatta River
35.5 cm x 30.5 cm
Oil on canvas
The Hawthorne family lived close to Gladesville, it is likely that this painting was completed in one of the rivers or creeks in the area c1925-30 when Hawthorne was studying with Roland Wakelin.
A beautiful example of Australian modernism.
In 1931 Dorrit Black opened a gallery at 56 Margaret Street in Sydney to exhibit modernist Sydney painters. This painting was likely to have been exhibited here.
A review of the Gallery in the The Sun (Sunday 28th June 1931 | Page 35 | Moderns have own Gallery) is below:
“Moderns” Have Own Gallery
LOCAL devotees of the modern school of painting have found a champion of the most practical kind. A wee gallery where their work can be always on view for the benefit of visitors and others interested has been established by Miss Dorritt Black next door to her studio in 50 Margaret street. Private homes and artists studios have been their only “showground” up to date. The nucleus of Miss Black’s collection in the gallery at present is made up of the paintings of Mr. Roland Wakelin, Miss Grace Crowley, Mr. P.Weitzel, Miss Cossington Smith, Miss Enid Cambridge, and the craftwork of Miss Dora Hawthorn.