Scheltema, Jan Hendrik (1861-1941; Dutch/Australian)
Driving in the cows, sunrise
Oil on canvas, 45.7 x 76.4 cm
Purchased, 1895
National Gallery of Victoria (18-2)

This work was one of several contemporary Australian landscapes bought from the Victorian Artists’ Society in 1895-96: see e.g. Mather Autumn in the Fitzroy Gardens 1894 {1895} NGV [PA].

Scheltema arrived in Australia in 1890, after working in Holland as a portraitist; his date of death is given variously as either 1938 or 1941. The present work is typical of his Australian oeuvre; other examples are held in the AGNSW and elsewhere.

Refs.

AR 1895, p.25; NGV 1905, p.103 (III.McArthur Gallery, no.77) [£15/15] 

For the artist, see Bénézit 12, p.579 (with variant dates; listing the present work); http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/5775/; and http://www.invaluable.com/artist/scheltema-jan-hendrik-djbogdh8ms/sold-at-auction-prices/