# 23749

ASHTON, Julian Rossi (1851-1942)

Design for Society of Artists Exhibition, circa 1901

Watercolour on card, gold highlights, 180 x 245 mm, framed. Unsigned.

A charming art nouveau study of a woman in vermillion dress, gazing over Sydney Heads, resting on a frame where the text to an invitation would be printed. The austral symbols of the Southern Cross and the waratah are at the base of the image. The background, hair, edge of the dress and stars on the shield are all highlighted in gold. In all likelihood this work was prepared for an illustrated invitation card for a Society of Artists exhibition in Sydney, where Ashton illustrated the cover of a number of catalogues. Possibly never utilised in printed form.

According to Bridget McDonnell, this work accompanied another work by Ashton, Wading, until 2006. The pair were acquired by noted Melbourne art dealer Joan McClelland in the late twentieth century.

Provenance: Private collection, Melbourne (since the 1920s); Joan McClelland, Melbourne; Bridget McDonnell Gallery, Melbourne (label verso)