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  • Title
    [Central Railway Station at Railway Square, Sydney], 1923 / drawn by William Young
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  • Physical Description
    1 drawing - 38.3 x 56.5 cm. - watercolour

    Little is known about artist William Young. The Australian Art Sales digest notes that he was active between ca. 1906-40 and his works depict a range of Sydney city scenes from the 1920s, along with Australian bush scenes, detailing agricultural pursuits of ploughing, collecting the wool clip, droving cattle and sheep. Details of his birth and death are unknown.

    Library correspondence file.
  • Scope and Content
    A watercolour with opaque highlights on medium weight handmade Western cream wove paper.

    This work depicts an early morning scene in the city of Sydney in 1923. The sun is rising in the east and deliveries are being made to various establishments via horses and drays. In the centre is a tall building owned by the department store, Marcus Clark & Co.
    Left of centre can be seen the spire of Christ Church St. Lawrence. The newly completed Central Station clocktower is a focal point in the work which was opened on the 21st March, 1921. There is an array of varying architectural styles, examples of road transport; horses and wagons, tram depot and a tram on the right, along with Central Railway Station. There is a general bustle of Sydney’s workers going about their early morning business.
  • Source
    Purchased from Bangalow Fine Art, Matthew Henry, November 2018
  • Collection History
    Private collection Sydney, purchased from Vickers & Hoad Auctioneers, Directors Selection (Art lots only), Sydney, 13 June 2015, Lot No. 9. Previously sold by Mason Gray, Australian & European Paintings, Sydney, 6 March 1989, Lot No. 43. Sotheby's, Fine Australian Paintings, Books and Ceramics, Melbourne, 26 July 1987, Lot No. 178.
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: Out of copyright - Creator died before 1955 In copyright - Life of creator plus 70 years
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Description source

    Untitled. Title provided by cataloguer.
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Signed and dated in the lower right hand corner ‘W Young 1923’.
    Watermark ‘A. Millbourne’ visible through transmitted light.
    Label on back of frame: 'David Richardson, Picture Framer and Gilder; (056) 29 5788; Lot 6, Hope Street, Bunyip [Vic], 3815".
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