Eagle hawk, William Strutt
  • Artist
    William Strutt
  • Born
  • Died
  • Title
    Eagle hawk
  • Date of Production
    c. 1860
  • Medium
    oil on canvas mounted on board
  • Dimensions
    46.3 x 54.7 cm
  • Credit Details
    Purchased, 1888

William Strutt

Eagle hawk

The painter and illustrator William Strutt  trained at École des Beaux Artes (1838-1844) and arrived in Australia in 1850.  Specialising in portraits and history paintings, Strutt recorded many historical events including the Black Thursday Bushfires of 1851, and the departure of Burke and Wills from Royal Park Melbourne in 1861, as well as scenes from life on the Victorian goldfields during his eleven year sojourn in Australia.

Like many of his works, Eagle hawk with its outstretched wings, powerful talons and watchful eyes was completed from sketches after his return to England where he was a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy from 1865-1905.

Purchased by Ballarat Fine Art Gallery in 1888 the Eagle hawk or whistling kite is found throughout Australia except for Tasmania.  This is in fact the first  work with any Australian content to have been purchased outright by the Gallery Acquisitions committee.