Anthony Alder / Australia 1838–1915 / Heron’s home 1895 / Oil on canvas / 102 x 82cm / Purchased 2011 with funds from the Estate of Jessica Ellis through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Anthony Alder
Heron’s home 1895

Not Currently on Display

Heron’s home was one of the two works Alder submitted to the 1896 Queensland International Exhibition (which later became known as the ‘Ekka’). The subject is a pair of Nankeen night herons (Nycticorax caledonicus), named after the buff-coloured Nankeen cloth formerly produced in the Chinese city of Nanjing.

Anthony Alder was the most prominent taxidermist in colonial Queensland and was widely admired for the dioramas he made for the Queensland Museum. He was also an accomplished painter and, naturally, animals figured largely in his work.

Alder first exhibited oil paintings in 1876 in the Queensland Intercolonial Exhibition (subsequently known as the ‘Ekka’). His most significant year was 1895, when he received awards for Not game 1895 (Queensland Museum) and Lincoln sheep, homeward Laddie 1895 (State Library of Queensland), which showed the renowned flock at Glengallan, near Warwick.