Una fascina di olive

William Charles Thomas Dobson1877

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

Artistic images idealising girlhood innocence were produced in large numbers during the Victorian period. A prevalent theme was that of the rural child, who was often viewed as a model of uncorrupted virtue and natural simplicity. Nothing is known about the model of this watercolour; its generic title merely alludes to the bundle of branches that the girl is carrying. William Dobson studied at the Royal Academy Schools in London and later in Italy and Germany. He made a name for himself as a painter of edifying religious works before turning to sentimental pictures of children – a fact lamented by critics.

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  • Title: Una fascina di olive
  • Creator: William Charles Thomas Dobson
  • Date Created: 1877
  • Physical Dimensions: 56.8 x 46.2 cm image (sheet lined on paper and wrapped around a wooden board); 80.5 x 69.5 x 5.0 cm frame
  • Provenance: E-F White, pre 1878-1887, London/England, Exhibited at the 1878 Paris International Exhibition as belonging to 'M. E.-F. White'. Purchased by the AGNSW he 1887–88 Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition.
  • Type: Watercolour
  • Rights: Purchased 1888
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/1022/
  • Medium: watercolour and gum highlights over traces of pencil
  • Signature & Date: Signed and dated l.r., "18 WCTD [artist's monogram] 77".
  • Artist Country: Germany, England