Frederick McCubbin
A bush burial  1890

Artist/creator Frederick McCubbin
Title A bush burial
Date 1890
Media Oil
Medium Canvas

Frederick McCubbin was born on 25 February 1855 in West Melbourne. In 1869 he enrolled at the Artisans’ School of Design, Carlton, and later studied drawing at the School of Design, National Gallery of Victoria. In 1877 McCubbin returned to the same school to study painting.


When fellow artist, Tom Roberts, returned from overseas in 1885 he and McCubbin went on painting trips, they also painted and sketched at Housten’s farm at Box Hill, Mentone on Port Phillip Bay and later in the Heidelberg area on the outskirts of Melbourne. Here they were joined by Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder and other young artists. These first camps marked the beginning of a group more generally referred to as the Australian Impressionists.


In 1886 McCubbin was appointed drawing master of the School of Design and held this position for the rest of his life. He married Annie Lucy Moriarty in 1889 sharing the cottage named ‘Fontainebleau’ at Macedon, and later at Carlsburg, South Yarra. In 1916, owing to ill health, he took leave from the School of Design, and died of heart disease on 20 December 1917 at South Yarra.