‘It is precisely the pictures of things familiar to us, of homely subjects… which most appeal… and more often therefore rise to true greatness’. Frederick McCubbin’s painting ‘Untitled (Sheila)’ of c.1912 represents one of the most intimate domestic scenes within the University of Melbourne Art Collection. The painting depicts McCubbin’s young daughter shelling peas in the scullery of ‘Fontainebleau’, the family’s country property at Mount Macedon.
‘Untitled (Sheila)’ c 1912
oil on composition board
The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of Dr Samuel Arthur Ewing 1938
Quote: Frederick McCubbin, “Some remarks on the History of Australian Art”, in J. S. MacDonald, ‘The Art of Frederick McCubbin’, Boolarong Publications: Brisbane, 1986, p.84.