Princes Bridge is viewed from the south bank across the Yarra River in this painting, with traffic and pedestrians on the bridge, boats moored beyond it, and a misty high horizon with a clock tower in background.


  • Title: Princes Bridge
  • Creator: Clarice Beckett, 1887-1935
  • Date: ca. 1923
  • Location: Princes Bridge, Melbourne
  • 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_VOYAGER1798478
  • View a full-size version of this image: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/116203
  • Physical dimensions: 29.5 x 39.7 cm. (sight), frame 38.0 x 47.0 cm.
  • Medium: Oil on pulpboard
  • A.E. Ferris: Clarice Beckett lived and worked modestly, without conventional ambition. This lack of prominence gave her complete freedom in her art. The small, modest views of Melbourne she produced were something of a puzzle to many of her contemporaries, who were more familiar with either the large, lively boulevard pictures of the French Impressionists, or the golden bush landscapes of her fellow Australians. Later viewers have come to understand and appreciate the profound sense of stillness that Beckett captured in her meditative, understated pictures, even when they show the bustle of Melbourne's main thoroughfares.

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