Playthings of the Wind artwork by Charles Douglas Richardson

Playthings of the Wind, Middle Brighton Beach

Charles Douglas Richardson, 1911

  • Born London 1853
  • Arrived Victoria 1858
  • Died Melbourne 1932
  • Watercolour on paper 77.0 x 54.7 cm
  • Private Collection, courtesy of Lauraine Diggins Fine Art

About the painting

In this watercolour notice the wooden boat sitting partly submerged in the sand in the foreground and the drifting figures walking along the beach towards Elwood.

The buildings of the city contrast vividly with the gentle beauty of the coast and the Tea-tree.

A number of watercolours of Brighton, painted by both Richardson and his artist/sculptor wife Margaret Baskerville, are now part of the Bayside City Council’s art collection.

About the artist

C.D. Richardson was the son of an academic portrait and figure painter whose family emigrated to Portland, Victoria in 1858.

He trained as a painter and sculptor in Melbourne and then later at the Royal Academy of Arts in London where he was known by the nickname ‘The Bushranger’.

When in London he shared studios for a time with fellow students from Melbourne, Tom Roberts (‘Bulldog’) and Bertram Mackennal (‘Mr Sunny’).

In 1889 he returned to Melbourne and showed 26 works at the 9 x 5 Impressions Exhibition at Buxton’s Art Gallery in August.

Richardson was regarded as one of the most important artists of his generation in Melbourne during the late 1880s and the 1890s.

From 1890–1897 he taught at the Victorian Academy of the Arts and exhibited both painting and sculpture.

He painted in both oils and watercolours but arguably his greatest works were sculptural. In 1914 he married artist and sculptor Margaret Baskerville, a student of his.

For many years they lived and painted in their studio home in Church Street, Brighton.

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