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Old houses in Wentworth Street / Howard Ashton

Old Houses in Wentworth Street c 1901

By Howard Ashton

Howard Ashton, the eldest child of artist and teacher Julian Ashton, came with his family to Melbourne from England in 1878, settling in Sydney five years later. He studied at his father’s art school from 1896 to 1903 but worked as a journalist to support his family. He wrote for a variety of newspapers and magazines and became associate editor of the Sydney Sun in 1926.

After the demolition of many buildings in The Rocks and Millers Point, Ashton’s father rallied fellow artists to capture views of the area. The works were shown at the 1902 exhibition Old Sydney and this painting, no.118 in the catalogue, was priced at £5.

Wentworth Street in The Rocks no longer exists. It ran south-west to Darling Harbour, near the current intersection of Argyle Place and Kent Street.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on canvas
Call Number:
ML 1435
Published date:
c 1901
On display:
Exhibition Galleries
Copyright Information:

Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955

Please acknowledge: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Display Location:
Exhibition Galleries
Historical Dates
Started Monday, 1 January 1900
Finished Monday, 1 January 1900
Started Monday, 1 January 1900
Finished Monday, 1 January 1900