Streeton, or ‘Smike’ as he was known, depicts in this work bathers on a corner of Sill’s Bend on the Yarra River, located in what is now known as Banksia Park.
The Yarra River is swollen with heavy Spring rains, and in the distance are cattle grazing on the rich river flats. Streeton was called ‘Smike’ by his friends after a character in the novel ‘Nicholas Nickleby’ by Charles Dickens.
Left: Arthur Streeton
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