100 Highlights from the Cbus Collection of Australian Art
27 July 2022


(1890 - 1923)

oil on canvas

31.0 x 56.0 cm

signed and dated lower left: Penleigh Boyd / 22

$25,000 – $35,000
Sold for $34,364 (inc. BP) in Auction 70 - 27 July 2022, Melbourne

Possibly: Athenaeum Hall, Melbourne
Dr. Arthur Whiteside, Hobart
Christie’s, Sydney, 24 September 1969, lot 35 (as ‘The Blue Mountains’)
Private collection 
Christie’s, Sydney, 14 November 1988, lot 116 (as ‘Jamieson [sic.] Valley’)
Private collection
Sotheby’s, Melbourne, 8 April 1990, lot 38 (as ‘Jamieson [sic.] Valley’)
The Cbus Collection of Australian Art, Melbourne, acquired from the above


Oil Paintings of Sydney Harbour by Penleigh Boyd, Athenaeum Hall, Melbourne, 14 – 25 August 1922, cat. 22 (as ‘Jamieson [sic.] Valley, Blue Mountains’)
The Bus Collection of Australian Art, Wollongong City Gallery, New South Wales, 16 March – 12 April 1992, cat. 14 (as ‘Jamieson [sic.] Valley’)
A New World, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria, 1 May – 30 August 2009 
Dawn to Dusk: Landscapes from the Cbus collection of Australian Art, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria, 31 May – 16 November 2014
Colour and Movement, Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria, 19 February – 9 June 2016
on long term loan to Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria


‘Art Notes’, The Age, Melbourne, 15 August 1922, p. 12 (as ‘Jamieson [sic.] Valley’)
‘Exhibition of Pictures: Mr Penleigh Boyd’s Display’, The Sun, Sydney, 6 June 1914, p. 6
‘Mr Boyd’s Painting’, The Argus, Melbourne, 15 August 1922, p. 12 (as ‘Jamieson [sic.] Valley, Blue Mountains’)
Nainby, B., Stanhope, Z., and Furlonger, K., The Cbus Collection of Australian Art, in association with Latrobe Regional Gallery, Melbourne, 2009, pp. 47 (illus.), 214

Catalogue text

Penleigh Boyd’s favourite painting sites included the River Yarra and Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria; and Sydney Harbour, the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains in New South Wales. As a colourist he was unrivalled, as attested by the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne acquiring through the Felton Bequest that symphony of golden wattle, The Breath of Spring, 1919 the same year as it was painted. The rich New South Wales’ output of these years is also seen today in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra with its numerous holdings of Boyd’s paintings from this period – The Blue Mountains, c.1922 and Early Morning, Watson’s Bay, 1922 being fine examples.