Frederick McCUBBIN | Triumphal Arch at Princes Bridge, Melbourne

Frederick McCUBBIN
Australia 1855 – 1917

Triumphal Arch at Princes Bridge, Melbourne 1901 oil on pine panel
26.0 (h) x 34.4 (w) cm
signed lower left in oil, 'F. McCubbin', not dated National Gallery of Australia, Canberra NGA 1959.28 Given by Hugh McCubbin to the Commonwealth as a first hand record of a great historical event and to mark the centenary of the birth of Frederick McCubbin, 1955

The opening of the inaugural Australian Parliament by the Duke of Cornwall and York sparked a week-long celebration in Melbourne in May 1901. Large crowds lined the streets to give an enthusiastic welcome to the heir to the throne as he and the Duchess travelled through Melbourne to the Exhibition building, along a path decorated with grand temporary arches.

This luminous impression was Frederick McCubbin’s first response to Federation, most likely painted on the spot while the parade made its way over Princes Bridge. McCubbin evidently worked quickly, using generous brush strokes and a warm palette to convey the energy of communal celebration.

The opening of the inaugural Australian Parliament by the Duke of Cornwall and York sparked a week-long celebration in Melbourne in May 1901. Large crowds lined the streets to give an enthusiastic welcome to the heir to the throne as he and the Duchess travelled through Melbourne to the Exhibition building, along a path decorated with grand temporary arches.

This luminous impression was Frederick McCubbin’s first response to Federation, most likely painted on the spot while the parade made its way over Princes Bridge. McCubbin evidently worked quickly, using generous brush strokes and a warm palette to convey the energy of communal celebration.

The opening of the inaugural Australian Parliament by the Duke of Cornwall and York sparked a week-long celebration in Melbourne in May 1901. Large crowds lined the streets to give an enthusiastic welcome to the heir to the throne as he and the Duchess travelled through Melbourne to the Exhibition building, along a path decorated with grand temporary arches.

This luminous impression was Frederick McCubbin’s first response to Federation, most likely painted on the spot while the parade made its way over Princes Bridge. McCubbin evidently worked quickly, using generous brush strokes and a warm palette to convey the energy of communal celebration.




Image detail: W.C. Piguenit Near Liverpool, New South Wales c. 1908
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, acquired with the assistance of the Masterpieces for the Nation Fund 2005