In the 1880’s in Sydney Harbour at a camp within a sheltered reach called Sirius Cove, two artists, Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton lived and worked.
Mosman Council has recently set up a frame locating a landscape painting by Streeton and placed beneath it an image of the actual work. The viewer is transported back to the nineteenth century – so little has changed.
Here is a study, by Prince Paul, of an artist at work, painting from the same spot. As Paul was creating this watercolour a skywriting aeroplane above slowly traced out the words “marry me”. As the words drifted along the Eastern seaboard how many lovely ladies looked up and silently said “yes.”
Some things have changed since Arthur Streeton’s day.