A.H. Fullwood (1863-1930)
Sunset (also known as While the Billy Boils) 1896
oil on wood
72.5 x 42 cm
Gift of Howard Hinton 1935
Born 1863, Birmingham, England. Died 1930, Sydney.
On completing art studies at the Birmingham Institute, Albert Henry Fullwood migrated to Australia in 1883. He worked as an illustrator for many publications and travelled extensively throughout Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand. For a time he lived with friends Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts at their camp at Sirius Cove. In 1900 he visited London, New York and France, showing his work in Academy and Salon exhibitions. In 1918 he travelled to the Western Front as an official war artist and painted many scenes for the Australian War Memorial.
In this atmospheric vertical landscape Fullwood has captured the setting sun behind the trees. The flaming red colour resembles a bushfire and is echoed further towards the foreground in the camp fire. The almost silhouetted figure stands alone in his shirtsleeves. His only company is a flock of birds flying just above the treetops.
This work was exhibited as While the Billy Boils at the Preece Gallery of Australian Art, Adelaide in 1920, and in 1926 at the New Gallery in Elizabeth Street Sydney.