The North Wind is a painting by Australian painter Frederick McCubbin, thought to have been painted in around 1888. The painting depicts a young family—the woman and child in a dray, the man and a dog on foot—making "its way down a bush track, buffeted by the treacherous ‘north wind’".[1]

The North wind
The North Wind (McCubbin).jpg
ArtistFrederick McCubbin
Typeoil on canvas on plywood
Dimensions91.9 cm × 152.3 cm (36.2 in × 60.0 in)
LocationNational Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

The painting was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in 1941 through the Felton Bequest. The NGV undertook a major restoration of the painting in 2014 funded with assistance from the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Project.[2]


  1. ^ Murray, Phip; Varcoe-Cocks, Michael. "Composition of the North Wind". Frederick McCubbin: The North wind. National Gallery of Victoria. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Iconic 19th Century Australian artwork to be restored". National Gallery of Victoria. 7 April 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2015.

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