James Howe Carse
Creek at Tilba Tilba, NSW 1875
Oil on canvas
61 x 107 cm
Signed and dated 1875; Inscribed on reverse Tilba Tilba/J. H Carse artist/348 George Street/Sydney
Provenance: Commissioned by the owners of Tilba Tilba. Thence by descent until 1985.
Private collection, Melbourne
Exhibited: Victorian Intercolonial Exhibition 1875, preparatory to the Philadelphia Exhibition 1876, Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne 1875, cat. 3089,
“Creek Scene, Tilba Tilba”. Awarded a first class certificate. Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, USA, 1876;
The First Exhibition of the Art Society of New South Wales, as ‘Tryptich - Wallaga Lake; Scene at Wogonga; and Scene at Tilba Tilba, Sydney, 1880, catalogue no. 96
Reference Joan Kerr, Stephen Scheding, DAAO, J. H. Carse ..."The same year, two of several oils shown at the Melbourne Intercolonial Exhibition, Creek Scene, Tilba Tilba and Wallaga Lake, near Bega, New South Wales , were awarded first class certificates and forwarded to the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition; two paintings shown with the Agricultural Society of New South Wales were highly commended; and an oil in the Academy of Art exhibition won a certificate of merit.
In 1876 Carse showed eight paintings with the Academy and was awarded a gold medal for another view of Weatherboard Falls and a group of landscapes. ..."The Morning Herald ..."Later that year Carse was labelled 'perhaps the best painter in the colony’ and awarded a prize for Wallaga Lake by the Agricultural Society of New South Wales ..."
He was a foundation member of the Art Society of New South Wales, formed in 1880 by a group of professional artists seceding from the Academy of Art. His paintings shown at the society’s exhibitions in 1880-85 were mainly views of the south coast of New South Wales. Reviewing the inaugural exhibition, the Sydney Morning Herald listed 10 oils by Carse, including a triptych, Wallaga Lake , Scene at Wogonga , Scene at Tilba Tilba , deemed 'in his best style’.