Picnic Point near Brighton, John Mather
  • Artist
    John Mather
  • Born
    1825
  • Died
    1915
  • Title
    Picnic Point near Brighton
  • Date of Production
    1886
  • Medium
    Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    40.7 x 76.3 cm
  • Credit Details
    Gift of James Oddie, 1886

John Mather

Picnic Point near Brighton

Picnic Point near Brighton was exhibited at the 7th Annual Exhibition of the Art Societyof NSW as By the sea.  Originally known as 'Gypsy Point' because gypsies camped nearby,  Picnic Point is located in Sandringham.  Named in 1867 when the railway was extended, this popular seaside suburb had one of the first picnic areas to be established in the outer fringes of Melbourne.

Mather, who was greatly influenced by Buvelot and often accompanied McCubbin, Streeton and Withers on painting expeditions, made many sketches of Melbourne's bayside beaches. He referred to these works, which were completed in his studio,  as "hints from nature".

Following his training at the National Gallery School in Edinburgh, most of Mather's works prior to 1886 were painted in low tones reminiscent of traditional Scottish paintings.  With its high keyed colours Picnic Point was one of Mather's earliest paintings to capture the light and colour of the Australian landscape.