Julian Ashton

Australians, 1851-1942
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Aboriginal family group
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53125
A solitary ramble
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53126
A waterhole on the hawkesbury river
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53127
Circular quay, sydney
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53131
clyde st, miller's point
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53132
Cumberland st, the rocks, sydney
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53133
Evening merri creek
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53134
Gloucester street, the rocks, sydney
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53135
Life in london
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53136
Misty morning, dora creek
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53137
Mosman's bay
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53138
Mouth of the goulburn river
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53139
My mother
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53140
Old house, trinity lane, sydney
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53141
Old houses, cumberland street
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53142
Portrait of Louis Buvelot
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53143
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53144
Study of alice muskett
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53147
Summer holidays
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53148
Terrigal headland ,new south wales
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53150
The ball dress
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53151
The botanic gardens, sydney
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53152
The chess game
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53153
The coral necklet
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53154
The corner of the paddock
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53155
The everlasting hills
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53156
The ferry
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53157
The Hon Henry Gullett MLC
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53158
The prospector
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53159
The reverend canon boyce
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53160
The wave
Julian Ashton
Item ID:53161
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Julian Rossi Ashton (27 January 1851 - 27 April 1942) was an English-born Australian artist and teacher, known for his support of the Heidelberg School and for his influential art school in Sydney.

Ashton was born in Addlestone, Surrey, the son of American amateur painter Thomas Briggs Ashton, and his wife Henrietta, daughter of Count Carlo Rossi, a Sardinian diplomat who married the soprano Henriette Sontag. The family moved to Penzance, Cornwall shortly after, and lived at Burley Grove, Gulval. His father died in 1864, and around age 15 he began working in the engineers' office of either the Great Western Railway or Great Eastern Railway. There he remained for 6 years using his entire leisure time painting at South Kensington. He then went to Paris to study and began illustrating books. He also had considerable success as a painter, exhibiting at the Royal Academy of Arts and elsewhere.

Ashton emigrated to Melbourne in 1878 under contract to David Syme's Illustrated Australian News and lived there for 5 years before moving to Sydney.

Ashton is the father of journalist Julian Howard Ashton, who was also an artist, and writer and critic.

He had a background in the contemporary French realism of the Barbizon School, which emphasised painting en plein air, and which laid the basis for the Impressionist movement. As a trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales he championed emerging Australian artists of the Australian Impressionist or Heidelberg School, and the Gallery's decision to collect these works owes much to his influence. Ashton is known for his paintings Evening, Merri Creek (1882), A Solitary Ramble (1888) and others.

George Lambert painted a portrait of Ashton which is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Lambert showed Ashton, then 77, with white hair and a military-type moustache, dressed in a grey suit and a dapper bow-tie, cigar in hand, sitting beside a table with a mass of objects. The cigar and wine suggest 'good living' and the flowers and fruit may have referred to Ashton's role as a gardener. Behind him there is a deep red curtain draped over a gold picture frame, behind which there is a curtain, creating an abstract arrangement of bold colours, with the frame suggesting Ashton's role as an artist, teacher and patron.

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