This painting records a time when isolated and ramshackle huts still stood on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, in areas that are now densely populated suburbs.

The painting looks across sandy ground with scrubby vegetation towards wooden huts and fences set among trees. In the distance, we can see the forest of masts indicating Melbourne's busy docks.

While Coutts' view creates a general effect of the outdoors, he does not set out to capture a specific effect of light or atmosphere, as Roberts or Streeton would have, but he imitates their technique, laying paint on with broad strokes of a square-tipped brush.

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  • Title: Fisherman’s hut, Point Ormond
  • Creator: Gordon Coutts, 1869-1937
  • Date: ca. 1893
  • Location: Point Ormond, Victoria
  • Rights: This work is out of copyright. No copyright restrictions apply.
  • lithograph: Painting
  • View more information about this image in the State Library Victoria catalogue: http://search.slv.vic.gov.au/MAIN:SLV_VOYAGER1803329
  • View a full-size version of this image: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/271889
  • Physical dimensions: 19.2 x 47.3 cm. (sight), 38 x 66 cm. (frame)
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • A.E. Ferris: Gordon Coutts was something of a chameleon. His work in Australia, during the golden years of Australian impressionism, followed the examples of Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton. After 1900, however, when he moved to the west coast of the United States, he just as easily turned his brush to the more dramatic cowboy-and-Indian pictures and desert landscapes that were popular in that part of the world.