... with open eyes, and a generous heart, there is awe 'round many a corner ...
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Camp Curlew, on the eastern shore of Little Sirius Cove, was a famous artists' camp, where many prominent Australian artists lived and painted during the 1890s. Artists such as Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Julian Ashton, Henry Fulwood and Nelson Illingworth.
Nothing remains of the camp, save marks in rocks and once-cleared areas. It is accessible by pathways and steps. By the early 1900s the camp had been well-enough established to include a weatherboard dining room, a billiard tent and well-maintained gardens. Camp Curlew was maintained for about 22 years, but was finally abandoned when the adjoining land was chosen for the new Taronga Zoo.
The two paintings included are:
Tom Roberts, The Camp at Sirius Cove (1899), and Arthur Stretton, Near Stretton's Camp at Sirius Cove (1892)