A corner of my dining room c. 1909
oil on canvas
Gift of Jim Cousins AO and Libby Cousins through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2016
Quiet and contained domestic outlooks such as A corner of my dining room act as important markers of Arthur Streeton’s movements between Australia and England, and demonstrate the technical variations adopted throughout his career.
This work was executed at 10 Hill Road, St John’s Wood in London—one of the addresses that Streeton and his wife Nora resided at during the early 1900s. In contrast to the stiff, flat brushes Streeton used to create earlier impressions of the Australian landscape, this work was created using a rounded brush. Here, bold, fluid lines and controlled mark-making readily capture the artist’s home furnishings emerging from the encroaching darkness of a northern European evening.