Untitled [The Camp, Woodend]

Untitled [The Camp, Woodend], James Johnstone, 1945, Oil on canvas. UC/MBL/2212

James Johnstone, 1945, Oil on canvas. UC/MBL/2212

This oil painting shows a scene from the same camping trip as Untitled [Woodend Beach],which is also part of the Macmillan Brown Collection. Unlike Woodend Beach, The Camp, Woodend shows less of the forest surrounding the tent and more of the daily life of the campers. Surrounding the tent are assortments of things associated with such a holiday, such as portable tables and cooking equipment. Inside the tent is the same woman as seen in Woodend Beach, who is most likely Johnstone’s wife, Bessie. She wears the same light blue dress, and sits inside the sparsely furnished tent on a camp bed. She appears to be working with something in her lap, perhaps sewing or mending something. The scene appears hot and dry, with little vegetation in the foreground and a defined shadow created by the tent and the table; a typical summer’s day in Canterbury.

James Johnstone : A selection of artworks


Click on the thumbnails to discover more about this striking selection of artworks by James Johnstone. Images selected and written about by Alice Tappenden.

Allandale Springtime, James Johnstone, c. 1953. Oil on Canvas. UC/MBL/2330
Untitled [Botanical Drawing], James Johnstone, Graphite and watercolour on paper, 1920. UC/MBL/2133
Untitled [Design for Chalice], James Johnstone, Pencil and ink drawing on paper, Date unknown. UC/MBL/2061
Untitled [Sheet of sketches for decimal currency], James Johnstone, Graphite, pen and ink on paper, c. 1966. UC/MBL/2138
Diploma of the Edinburgh College of Art, presented to James Alexander Johnstone, 1920. UC/MBL/2151
Floral Design, James Johnstone, Graphite and watercolour on paper. UC/MBL/2109
Untitled [Head Study], James Johnstone, Charcoal on paper, 1913. UC/MBL/2154
On the Solway, James Johnstone, Oil on canvas. UC/MBL/2236
Untitled [Design for Centennial Stamp, ChristChurch Cathedral], James Johnstone, c. 1949, Watercolour on paper. UC/MBL/2103
Untitled [The Camp, Woodend], James Johnstone, 1945, Oil on canvas. UC/MBL/2212
Untitled [Woodend Beach], James Johnstone, 1945, Oil on canvas. UC/MBL/2217
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