IN A PADDOCK,
In this narrative, plein-air work, the artist once more places a young girl within the landscape. In contrast to the smart dress of the girl in 'Obstruction, Box Hill', the girl in this work is painted in a torn pinafore, and is depicted leaning against a post and rail fence, gazing across the paddocks. She seems to be resting, and the tied bundle and some form of metal bucket by her feet would suggest that she is on a particular mission, rather than just out for a stroll. The autumnal palette is similar to that chosen by Emanuel Phillips Fox, for his work 'Australian landscape', 1884, while the subject matter could be compared with Julian Ashton's work 'The Corner of the Paddock', 1888.
Arthur Streeton - Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890