Bryony also spoke at length about a painting titled Land Army Girls at Finchley painted by Dora Meeson in 1919. This depicts a number of girls in Land Army uniform working on the summer harvest.
One of the paintings in the landscapes and animals cluster is a painting called Full Swing on the Board by Jan Hendrick Scheltema. This excellent painting depicts a shearing shed in full swing but has the misfortune to resemble Tom Roberts’ Shearing the Rams. I believe this painting is of equal standard to Roberts’ painting and is an excellent example of semi industrial rural life in Australia. It is unfortunate that it has not received more recognition.
I would recommend all people attend the Gallery to view the current exhibition (which continues to 11th December) and subsequent exhibitions.
Art Appreciation meets monthly at Benalla Art Gallery. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday 5th September at 10am.