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448200
  • Title
    William Leigh - Coloured sketches. South Australia, New South Wales, New Zealand, Cape of Good Hope, 1853
  • Creator
  • Call number
    PXA 1987
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Date

    1852-1854
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    448200
  • Physical Description
    Albums - various sizes in album 29 x 42 cm. - ff.1-3,6,7,10-13,15-18,20,23,25,27,30-32,35,37-39,42,44-48,53,55,56,61,63-73 are watercolours; f.59 pencil; the remainder are in pencil and watercolour - 1 album (73 pencil and watercolour drawings)
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    William Leigh was born in Staffordshire, England in 1829. His father acquired land in Adelaide in 1837, and invested in mines in South Australia and South Africa. Sent on a restorative sea voyage to the Australasian colonies in 1852, William Leigh sketched prolifically in South Africa, South Australia, NSW, Queensland and New Zealand until his return to England at the end of 1854. His 18 months abroad were mainly spent in South Australia, where he produced dozens of views, some of which related to his father's mining interests. William Leigh has sometimes been confused with another sketcher, W.H. Leigh, a ship's surgeon who visited Australia on a South Australian Company vessel in 1837 and published an account of his travels -- Reference: The Dictionary of Australian artists : painters, sketchers, photographers and engravers to 1870 / edited by Joan Kerr. Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1992
  • Scope and Content
    1. On the River Brisbane nr Woogeroo [ie Woogaroo]. Aug 12/53. 7.9 x 10.9 cm.
    2. View in Port Adelaide. Oct 14. 1852. 25.6 x 37 cm.
    3. Entrance to Port Adelaide. Oct 16. 1852. 18 x 25.3 cm.
    4. Sheep station on the Bremer. Novr.10. 1852. 22.2 x 34.9 cm.
    5. Residence of the Rt. Revd. Dr Murphy. Adelaide Nov 20. 1852. 18 x 25.3 cm.
    6. Watervale Village Dec. 1852. 20.5 x 35.7 cm.
    7. In Skilligolee [ie Skillogolee] Creek. Dec. 1852. 21.3 x 35.6 cm.
    8. Inn at Chain of Ponds. Dec/52. 11.9 x 26.2 cm.
    9. Adelaide from N. Adelaide. Dec 27/53. 14 x 23 cm.
    10. Adelaide from the Lead mine Glen Osmond. Dec 20/53. 14.1 x 23 cm.
    11. Adelaide Plains from N Adelaide. Dec 23/53. 14 x 22.9 cm.
    12. Holdfast Bay. Dec 24/54. 14 x 23 cm.
    13. Government House Adelaide. Jany 4/54. 14 x 22.9 cm.
    14. Adelaide Race Course. Dec 30/53. 13.4 x 21.9 cm.
    15. Port Adelaide. Jany 12/54. 14 x 23 cm.
    16. Valley of the Wakefield. Jany 19/54. 14.1 x 23 cm.
    17. Burra Burra Mine. Jany 21/54. 14 x 22.9 cm.
    18. Aldinga Bay. Jany 27/54. 14 x 22.9 cm.
    19. View from my bedroom window. Horbury Terrace, Sydney. March 14/53. 18 x 25.3 cm.
    20. Port Jackson from Elizabeth Bay. March 23/53. 18 x 25.4 cm.
    21. St. Marys Sydney. March 31/53. 18 x 25.2 cm.
    22. Stag Horn Fern. Cockatoo Scrub. Aug 20/53. [inscribed along left edge:] Woolston Aug 20/53. 18.5 x 9.7 cm.
    23. In the Scrub Breakfast Creek. Nr B. Aug 8/53. 18.5 x 11.1 cm.
    24. Gum Tree, Woogaroo, Aug 19/53. 27.3 x 18.5 cm.
    25. Woolton. Aug 20/53. 10.3 x 18.6 cm.
    26. Entrance to the Domain. Sydney. Sept 10/53. 14.3 x 29.8 cm.
    27. Botanical Gardens. Sydney. Sept 14/53. 17 x 36 cm.
    28. Government House & Fort Macquarie. Sydney. March 12/53. 20.6 x 36 cm.
    29. On the Parramatta River looking towards the Town. Sept 22/53. 25.5 x 35.9 cm.
    30. Lake Illawarra looking South. Sep 26/53. 12.3 x 23.4 cm.
    31. Palms at Illawarra. Septr 28/53.-. 27.4 x 28.5 cm.
    32. The Emu Plains from Lapstone Hill. NSW. Oct 7/53. 14 x 25.6 cm.
    33. Campbell Town from the Appin Road. Sep 29/53. 17.3 x 27.4 cm.
    34. At Blackheath. Mt. Victoria NSW on the morning of the 5 Octbr/53. 8.9 x 19.4 cm.
    35. Waterfall at Corbetts [Govett's?] Leap nr Blackheath. Mt Victoria. Oct 4/53. 25.6 x 19.9 cm.
    36. Government House Parramatta. Oct 8/53. 18.6 x 27.5 cm.
    37. Botany Bay from Newtown. Oct 15/53. 18.6 x 27.4 cm.
    38. Entrance to Botany Bay. Oct 12/53. 12.9 x 27.5 cm.
    39. Botany Bay. Oct 20/53. 14.1 x 27.4 cm.
    40. Lyndhurst College from Balmain. Oct 19/53. 13.8 x 22.2 cm.
    41. View from the Domain Sydney. Oct 19/53. 13.8 x 44.5 cm.
    42. Lewinsbrook. The residence of A. Park Esq. MLC. Oct 27/53. 18.6 x 27.5 cm.
    43. At Lewinsbrook looking over the Valley. Oct 28/53. 18.6 x 27.5 cm.
    44. Valley of the Hunter between Maitland and Morpeth[?]. Oct 31/53. 18.5 x 27.4 cm.
    45. Iron Bark. Aug 22/53. 18.7 x 12.8 cm.
    46. [Stand of gums, 1853?]. 25.6 x 28.8 cm.
    47. Sydney & Harbour from South Head Road. Nov 3/53. 18.2 x 27.3 cm.
    48. [Sydney Harbour from Kurraba Point. Nov 1853?]. 24.5 x 34.5 cm.
    49. The High Altar. St Maries Sydney Oct 17/53. 18.5 x 17 cm.
    50. Nelson, New Zealand from the Bolder Bank. April 20/53. 17.9 x 25.3 cm.
    51. [Nelson, New Zealand, 1853?]. 22.4 x 36 cm.
    52. Entrance to the Harbour. Nelson. April 23/53. 17.9 x 25.1 cm.
    53. Wairarapa Valley. May 5/53. 17.9 x 25.2 cm.
    54. Governmment House. Wellington. May 11/53. 18 x 25.2 cm.
    55. [Town, possibly Wellington, New Zealand, 1853?]. 14 x 22.9 cm.
    56. [Canterbury Plains, 1853?]. 14 x 22.9 cm.
    57. [11 studies of New Zealand plants, 1853?]. 15.1 x 22.7 cm.
    58. Akaroa, June 10/53 [9 studies of New Zealand plants]. 27.4 x 36.8 cm.
    59. White Pine. Akaroa. June 21/53. 18 x 12.4 cm.
    60. [White pines]. 17.8 x 14.8 cm.
    61. Flax. Akaroa. N.Z. June 7/53. 18 x 25.3 cm.
    62. Tree Fern. N.Z. June 1/53. 17.3 x 12.7 cm.
    63. Tree Fern. Akaroa. June 21/53. 17.3 x 12.6 cm.
    64. Tree Fern. Akaroa N.Z. June 16/53. 14 x 8.5 cm.
    65. Na Powaka & Warre at the Maori Kaik Akaroa June 14/53. 17.9 x 25.1 cm.
    66. Head of the KaKa. June 19/53. 7.2 x 10.4 cm.
    67. Head of the Molly Mawk. June 29/53. 14 x 14.8 cm.
    68. Molly Mawk. at Sea July 7/53. 14 x 22.9 cm.
    69. The Australian Ashore off Moulle[?] Point Table Bay April 3/54. 13.7 x 22.9 cm.
    70. The Devil's Peak & Table Mountain. Cape Town April 15/54. 17.4 x 27.1 cm. on sheet 18.8 x 27.1 cm.
    71. Cape Town from the Beach April 7/54. 17.1 x 27.3 cm.
    72. [Cape Town, 1854?]. 17.4 x 27.1 cm.
    73. [Cape Town, 1854?]. 17.4 x 27.5 cm.
  • Source
    Purchased April 1926 (with PXA 1989, William Leigh - Sketches in South Australia)
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Album title from gilt stamped leather label pasted onto cover
    None of the drawings is signed
    Date follows title at lower left except as noted below
    Dimensions from Mitchell Library Pictures card catalogue
    f.41 is on two sheets joined by a tape hinge
    f.46 untitled, undated. Dated from other works in the same volume
    f.48 untitled, undated. Title and date from f.47 in the same volume which shows a similar view
    f.51 untitled, undated. Title and date from comparison with f.50 in the same volume (cf. church and windmill in each sketch)
    f.55 untitled, undated. Titled after comparison with other pictures of Wellington area in the library's collections. Dated from other drawings of New Zealand in the same volume
    f. 56 untitled, undated. Titled after comparison with other pictures of Canterbury Plains in the library's collections. Dated from other drawings of New Zealand in the same volume
    f.57 untitled, undated. Date given is from other drawings done in New Zealand in the same volume
    f.60 untitled, undated
    f.69: title and date from former mount, now discarded
    f.71: title and date from former mount, now discarded
    ff.72 & 73 untitled, undated. Titled and dated after comparison with other views of Cape Town in the same volume
    Three albums of sketches by William Leigh (PXA 1987-1989) were acquired in two consignments from different vendors, and subsequently catalogued as a collection. PXA 1987 and PXA 1989 were purchased from the Museum Book Store in April 1926. PXA 1988 was purchased from Dymock's in December 1928.
    Notes on attribution and provenance are filed at PXn 376
    Digital order no:Album ID : 823715
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    "Creeper"; "Flower of the Manuka"; "Manuka"; "White Pine"; "Tout"; "Naio" -- inscribed in pencil beneath plant studies, f.57
    "Tumatu Kuru"; "Tatramoa" [ie. tataramoa?]; "Coba Coba[?]"; "Aka"; "Kariwaw [ie. kareao] or Suple Jack [ie. supplejack]"; "Tetoka"; "Totara"; "Tarata" -- inscribed in pencil beneath plant studies, f.58
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