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From McMahon’s Point – Fare One Penny

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“From McMahon’s Point – fare one penny” by Arthur Streeton was painting his 1890 visit to Sydney. While staying with his sister in Summer Hill, Streeton painted views from Coogee and the Harbour.

Streeton  wrote to Tom Roberts about this painting at McMahon’s Point:

“have a most delightful subject there looking towards Milson’s Pt with expanse of water, tops of houses, & landing stage & station, in foreground of picture.” 

Arthur Streeton was an Australian landscape painter and leading member of the Heidelberg School, also known as Australian Impressionism. Streeton’s works can be found in many of the major Australian galleries and museums including the National Gallery, London. Where it can be found alongside major impressionist works by Claude Monet and Edouard Manet.

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


Essential Facts:

  • Title:               From McMahon’s Point – Fare One Penny
  • Artist:             Arthur Streeton
  • Year:               1890
  • Medium:         Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:   Height: 911 mm (35.87 in). Width: 705 mm (27.76 in).
  • Museum:        National Gallery of Australia


Essential Facts about the Artist:

  • Artist:           Arthur Ernest Streeton
  • Born:            1867 – Mount Duneed, Victoria, Australia
  • Died:             1943 (aged 76) – Olinda, Victoria, Australia
  • Nationality: Australian
  • Movement:   Heidelberg School
  • Major Paintings:
    • Golden Summer, Eaglemont, 1889
    • ′Still glides the stream, and shall for ever glide′, 1890
    • Spring, 1890
    • The spirit of the drought, 1895
    • The railway station, Redfern, 1893


” Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.” Australian Proverb



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