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Streeton, Sir Arthur

(08-04-1867 to 01-08-1943)

Sir Arthur Streeton
Sir Arthur Streeton (La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria)


Arthur Streeton was born at Mount Duneed in Victoria in 1867,one of a number of children. Streeton left school at 13 to work for a merchant company and returned to formal education as a student at the National Gallery of Victoria School from 1882-88. He joined regular excursions to places such as Heidelberg and Templestowe and was invited, by his drawing teacher Frederick McCubbin and fellow student Tom Roberts, to join the artists' camp at Box Hill.

In 1888 he founded the famous Heidelberg artists' camp at Eaglemont.
Unlike most artists Streeton experienced a lot of success in his life.Streeton's tremendous success began with the purchase by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1890 of his 'Still Glides the Stream'.

Between 1890 and 1914 he spent time in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Chelsea (England) and Venice. He served in the medical corps in WW1 and in 1918, served as official war artist. Streeton settled in Victoria in 1924 and was knighted in 1937 and a year later his wife died. He died in his Dandenong home in 1943 after a long illness.