Brighton Beach artwork by Charles Aloysius Wilson

Brighton Beach 

Charles (C.A.) Aloysius Wilson, 1918

  • Born London 1853
  • Arrived Victoria 1858
  • Died Melbourne 1932
  • Watercolour 17.5 x 25cm
  • Private Collection, courtesy of Lauraine Diggins Fine Art

About the painting

In this watercolour Wilson chose to paint Brighton’s tranquil foreshore with the colourful Dendy Street bathing boxes at his back. The stand of original Tea-tree and the ancient reef stretching into the sea evoke the atmosphere of the nineteenth century.

In the 1950s migrant families gathered mussels on these rocks at low tide – just as the Boon wurrung people had for many centuries, leaving their shells in middens along the shore.

Time has stood still here, as Wilson would have wished.

About the artist

Charles Wilson was an insurance executive whose passion for landscape painting led him to experiment with various watercolour techniques to capture nature’s transient moods: “sketching the lovely effects that beckon me”, he once wrote.

Fred McCubbin and Victor Cobb were friends with whom he sketched after settling in Melbourne in 1910. He joined the Victorian Artists’ Society in 1911.

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