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448201
  • Title
    William Leigh - Sketches in New South Wales, 1853
  • Creator
  • Call number
    PXA 1988
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Date

    1852-1854
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    448201
  • Physical Description
    Albums - 1 album (47 pencil and watercolour drawings) - various sizes in album 29 x 42 cm. - ff.17-19,40-47 are in pencil; the remainder are in pencil and watercolour
  • 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. Sydney Cove. March 17/53. 18 x 25.3 cm.
    2. Gum and Honeysuckle trees. April 2. 1853. 25.4 x 18.1 cm.
    3. Woogaroo nr Brisbane. M.B. the residence of S. Simpson Esq. Aug 12/53. 18 x 25.2 cm.
    4. Stem of Fig Tree Cockatoo Scrub nr Woogaroo M.B. Aug 16/53. 17.9 x 14.5 cm.
    5. Moreton Bay Fig Tree. Aug 17/53. 18 x 25.2 cm.
    6. View from One Tree Hill. Aug 29/53. 17.9 x 25.2 cm.
    7. Near Denham Court. Cam[p]bell Town Road. Oct 1/53. 15 x 23.8 cm.
    8. Lake Illawarra looking South. Sepr 26/53. 14.3 x 23.9 cm.
    9. Lake Illawarra from Mount Keira. Sep 27/53. 14.9 x 24 cm.
    10. Dapto Illawarra. Sep 26/53. 14.7 x 24.1 cm.
    11. View from Mt. Keira Road. Sep 27/53. 24 x 15.1 cm.
    12. Rocks at the Weather board Waterfall. Blue Mountains near Bathurst road. Oct 3/53. 25.6 x 36 cm.
    13. Rocks at the Weather Board Waterfall. Blue Mountains near Bathurst road. Oct 3/53. 36 x 25.6 cm.
    14. Weather Board Waterfall. Oct 5/53. 19.4 x 16.6 cm.
    15. Viaduct on Mt. Victoria. Oct 4/53. 8.7 x 12.9 cm.
    16. At Corbetts [Govett's?] Leap. Mt Victoria. Oct 4/53. 16.2 x 25.5 cm.
    17. Vale of Clwyd[d] from Mt Victoria. N.S.W. Oct 4/53. 13.3 x 25.6 cm.
    18. View from Table Rock Blue Mountains. Oct 6/53. 25.7 x 36 cm.
    19. Veteran Hall. Prospect. The residence of W. Lawson Esq. Oct 7/53. 25.6 x 36 cm.
    20. Sydney from the North Shore. Sepr 17/53. 25.6 x 36 cm.
    21. From the Domain Sydney [1853]. 15.8 x 30.2 cm.
    22. Near Botany Bay looking towards Sydney Oct 12/53. 15.1 x 23.7 cm.
    23. Botany Bay from the hill above the Sir Joseph Banks Hotel. Oct 13/53. 14.8 x 24 cm.
    24. Mrs Macquaries Chair Oct 18/53. 13.3 x 21.7 cm.
    25. Lyndhurst College Nr Sydney. Nov 14/53. 13.4 x 21.6 cm.
    26. At Lewinsbrook. Oct 27/53. 14.5 x 24.2 cm.
    27. View from Mt Kinorbi[?] looking over Lewinsbrook Oct 27/53. 14.6 x 23.9 cm.
    28. Germans hut Lewinsbrook. Oct 29/53. 13.4 x 21.7 cm.
    29. Maitland from nr the Morpeth Road. Oct 31/53. 14.2 x 23.6 cm.
    30. Lighthouse. South Head. Sydney Nov 4/53. 14.6 x 24.1 cm.
    31. Entrance to Port Jackson from South Head Road Quarantine ground & North Harbour. Nov 4/53. 13.4 x 21.7 cm.
    32. Council Chamber, Hospital & Adjt Generals buildings Macquarie St. Lyons Terrace in the distance Nov 8/53. 13.4 x 21.9 cm.
    33. Interior of Legislative Council Chamber. Sydney Nov 9/53. 13.4 x 21.7 cm.
    34. Guard Fish Sydney July 13/53. 14 x 22.9 cm.
    35. Sydney Harbour from Sirius Cove. North Shore. Nov 15/53. 13.4 x 21.7 cm.
    36. [Sydney from the North Shore]. 15.3 x 72.6 cm. [on three sheets]
    37. Melbourne from the road to Sandridge Nov 22/53. 13.5 x 43.8 cm. [on two sheets]
    38. Hobsons Bay from Melbourne Nov 21/53. 13.5 x 21.9 cm.
    39. [Sydney Harbour, 1853]. 13.4 x 21.6 cm.
    40. Entrance to Port Jackson from the Sea July 9/53. 18.9 x 15.5 cm.
    41. S & N. Head Botany Bay. July 9/53. 8.9 x 15.5 cm.
    42. N. Head Port Jackson. 8.9 x 15.4 cm.
    43. South Head Port Jackson July 9/53. 8.9 x 15.5 cm.
    44. North Head Port Jackson, July 9/53. 8.9 x 15.3 cm.
    45. Vaucluse Sydney the seat of Wentworth Esq July 9/53. 8.9 x 15.5 cm.
    46. Botany Bay from the Sea July 9/53. 8.8 x 15.4 cm.
    47. [Scene, possibly Sydney Harbour, 1853?]. 8.4 x 16.8 cm.
  • Source
    Purchased December 1928 Transfer from Manuscripts, Dec 1973
  • 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.6: notes indicate `St. Heliers', `N. Brisbane & Kangaroo Point', and `S. Brisbane'.
    f.8: unfinished pencil sketch of same scene on reverse
    f.21 undated. Date from other drawings of Sydney in this volume
    f.32 has an unfinished pencil sketch on the reverse, repeating the Lyons Terrace section of the drawing, with title in pencil as on front
    f.36 is on three sheets joined by a tape hinge
    f.37 is on two sheets joined by a tape hinge
    f.39 undated, untitled. Title and date from other drawings of Sydney in the same volume
    f.42 undated. Date is from other drawings of the Heads in the same volume
    f.47 untitled, undated. Titled and dated from other drawings of Sydney Harbour 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 : 823716
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