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“Bridge and Wattle at Warrandyte” by Penleigh Boyd

National Gallery of Australia - Joy of Museums - "Bridge and Wattle at Warrandyte" by Penleigh Boyd

“Bridge and Wattle at Warrandyte” by Penleigh Boyd depicts bushland outside Melbourne, known for its wattle groves and it is a quintessential Australian painting in landscape and palette. Wattle became a national floral symbol when it became part of australia’s coat of arms in 1912.

Penleigh Boyd is a landscape artist with accomplished handling of evanescent effects of light. He was influenced by E. Phillips Fox, who introduced him to plein air techniques when they were neighbours in Paris in 1912–3. His obituary at age 33 compared him to Arthur Streeton and praised him as one of the most promising painters of his generation.

Among the many masterpieces in the National Gallery of Australia the following are highlights:


Essential Facts:

  • Title:               Bridge and Wattle at Warrandyte
  • Artist:             Penleigh Boyd
  • Year:               1914
  • Location:        Warrandyte, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Medium:         Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:   91.5 h x 137.0 w cm
  • Museum:        National Gallery of Australia


Essential Facts about the Artist:

  • Name:                      Theodore Penleigh Boyd
  • Born:                        1890 – Westbury, Wiltshire, England
  • Died:                        1923 (aged 33) – Warragul, Victoria, Australia
  • Nationality:            Australian
  • Major Paintings:
    • Ghost Gums at Kangaroo Flat, 1921.
    • Bridge and Wattle at Warrandyte


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Photo Credits: 1) By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons