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James Clark Waite RBA was a famous 19th century artist, best known for turning down the commission for painting the first Australian Parliament, a painting made famous by Tom Roberts. He studied at the Government School of Design, Newcastle upon Tyne; the Scottish Institute, Edinburgh; the Royal Academy School, London; and for a year in Paris. He trained as an art instructor at South Kensington, became a certificated master. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1863. After becoming well known in the north of England as a genre painter, he settled in London in 1869-85, exhibiting over the period 25 works at the Royal Academy, and 117 at Sussex Street. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1873. He arrived in Australia in 1886, and participated in Melbourne’s Centennial International Exhibition of 1888.

"Evening Time, Near Myrtleford, V.I.C." (1890)

oil on canvas

47 x 74cm

signed on verso



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