Euchre in the Bush, Joseph C.F. Johnson
  • Artist
    Joseph C.F. Johnson
  • Born
    1848
  • Died
    1904
  • Title
    Euchre in the Bush
  • Date of Production
    c. 1867
  • Medium
    oil on canvas mounted on board
  • Dimensions
    42.0 x 60.2 cm
  • Credit Details
    Bequest of Clarice May Megaw, 1980

Joseph C.F. Johnson

Euchre in the Bush

Joseph Johnson's remarkable career spanned work as a journalist, an illustrator, and later a colonial politician, including a stint as South Australian minister of education in the late 1880s.  Believed to have been painted after the 16 year old Johnson left Geelong for the bush in 1864, Euchre in the bush shows men of three races intently playing a card game that was enormously popular during the gold rush era.  The image may depict a game that actually took place but more likely it was intended to represent harmonious companionship instilled by a simple pastime.  Johnson also produced a similar scene in wood cut which formed the basis of a  print titled A game of Euchre that appeared in the Christmas Supplement of the Australian Sketcher in 1876.