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  • Title
    Sydney - Capital New South Wales, ca.1800 / artist unknown
  • Call number
    DG 56
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 1, North Wall, no. 60
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  • Date

  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 painting - oil - 62 x 136 cm, inside frame 73.5 x 146 cm
  • Source
    Presented by Sir William Dixson, 1929
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Title from frame. Full title on frame: "Sydney - Capital New South Wales - founded by Governor Phillip - named after Lord Sydney Secretary for the Colonies : 1788"

    The association of this painting and the similar 'View of the town of Sydney in the colony of New South Wales' (Art Gallery of South Australia) with Thomas Watling has long been debated. Arguments for and against Watling being the artist of the works were published in the Bulletin, April 30, June 4, and June 18 1977, and October 17, 1978, and in First views of Australia 1788-1825 : a history of early Sydney / Tim McCormick ... [et al.] ; foreword by Bernard Smith. Chippendale, N.S.W. : David Ell Press in association with Longueville Publications, 1987). The paintings are now not attributed directly to Watling but are thought to be painted in Britain, by an unknown artist, possibly from Watling's on-the-spot sketches. Notes comparing features of the two oils and the aquatint known as Blake's View, 1802 are at PXn 264.

    Thought by Sir W. Dixson, writing before the version now owned by AGSA came into public view, to be the original of Blake's View 1802 (RAHS Journal, v.5, p.229). The painting appears in size and style to be a companion picture to ML 443. Notes on a comparison of the two paintings, and their provenance, dating and attribution to Watling are at PXn 264.

    Dimensions from Mitchell Library Pictures card catalogue
    Digital order no:Album ID : 825790
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