Fireworks - Australia

Country of Origin Australia
Dated c. 1920
Medium Oil on board
Signed/Dated Signed lower left
Dimensions 15.00inch wide (38.10 cm wide)
13.00inch high (33.02 cm high)

JOHN SAMUEL WATKINS (1866-1943) Biography

John Samuel Watkins was born in Wolverhampton, England in 1866. He arrived in Sydney in 1882, worked as a photographer and attended art classes. He moved to Paris in 1887, travelled in Europe, and continued his art training in England. He returned to Australia in 1893, and exhibited at the Art Society of N.S.W. annual exhibition. After a disagreement with this society in the 1890s he helped to form the Society of Artists, which later disbanded in 1902. He established an art school in Sydney from 1896 to the late 1930s, where he trained 5000 students. During this time Watkins continued to practice and exhibit his art. He held a number of positions on committees and boards, which included being a trustee for the National Art Gallery of New South Wales (NAGNSW). He died on 25 August, 1942, and a memorial exhibition of his works was held at the NAGNSW in June 1943.


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