Sandringham 1890 artwork by Charles Conder

Sandringham 1890

Charles Conder

  • Born England 1868
  • Arrived Australia 1884
  • Died England 1909
  • Oil on wood.Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

About the painting

Sandringham 1890 was painted in the months just prior to Conder leaving Australia to pursue his artistic fortunes in Europe.

The features that attracted Conder and other artists to Rickett’s Point were not overlooked by the rest of the population.

About the artist

Of all the ‘Heidelberg School’ artists, Charles Conder is one whose lifestyle most closely matched the myth of the artist as a free spirit.

Conder’s father was not sympathetic to his son’s yearning to be an artist and sent him to Australia in 1884 to be apprenticed to his uncle, a surveyor in New South Wales.

Conder worked on surveys in some of the most picturesque areas including the Hawkesbury and Richmond districts and the Blue Mountains.

In following years Conder returned to these areas with artist companions on painting excursions.

He arrived in Melbourne in October 1888, having been encouraged to make the shift by Tom Roberts, his painting companion at Coogee over Easter 1888.

Shortly after his arrival he visited Mentone and Box Hill. In the following year he took up residence at the abandoned Eaglemont homestead, in idyllic countryside on the north-east fringe of the city and, with Roberts and Streeton, brought to its fullest notoriety that incandescent movement now called the ‘Heidelberg School’.

In 1890 he left Australia for Europe and never returned, dying in England of venereal disease less than two decades later, just past his fortieth birthday.

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