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  • Title
    [George Street, Sydney - looking south] / painted by Henry Curzon Allport
  • Creator
  • Call number
    ML 1111
  • Level of description
  • Date

    January 1842
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 drawing - watercolour - 33.9 x 50.2 cm. (visible image) in birds-eye maple frame (not original) 69 x 83.5 cm.
  • Scope and Content
    This work shows the site of present-day Martin Place looking across to David Jones' first store on the corner of George and Barrack Streets. On the left-hand side is the then General Post Office, the main meeting place in the town. The foreground is taken up with a lively rendition of everyday activities: people gather by the Post Office; two Aborigines look on; a bullock dray and team of brewery horses transport loads towards Sydney Cove; two groups rest against the Barracks wall. In the lane beside the Post Office street vendors sell fish, eggs, fish and vegetables, with baskets, brooms, clay pipes and empty bottles lying around. An oil container with the name "Leon" indicates the premises (out-of-sight) of Lewis Leon, oil merchant. As it is mid-summer, many people are wearing straw and cabbage-tree hats, cloth caps and bonnets.
  • Access Conditions

    Access via appointment
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Reproduced in A Century of Banking: The Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited (1934), opp. p. 1, location : Mitchell Library Q332.13/1A1; National Art Gallery of New South Wales 1938 Exhibition of 150 Years of Australian Art [catalogue] in Art in Australia, 3rd series, no. 70, March 1938, p. 18, location : Dixson Library Q92/298; National Trust of Australia (N.S.W.) The early Australian scene : merchants tell the story. [Desk diary] (1976), location : Mitchell Library 990.106/10. A redrawn version was used in a collage depicting "The old and the new premises" of David Jones in an article in Old Times, vol. 1, no. 1, April 1903, p. 79, location : Mitchell Library Q991/O.
    See also Notes on George Street - looking south, Jan. 1842, by H.C. Allport, location : Mitchell Library Original Materials Reading Room PXn 889
    See also articles about the Library's acquisition of this work in the Australian Financial Review, 11 December 1995, p. 8 and the Sydney Morning Herald, 14 December 1995, p. 7

    Copy Prints available at:
    SV1/St Geo/2 (b&w photoprint, ca. 1930s, of original watercolour)
    SPF/Sydney - Streets - George Street, 1842 (col. photoprint, 1995, of original watercolour)
    SPF/Sydney - Streets - George Street, 1842 (b&w photoprint, ca. 1930s, presented by A.B. Bertie, 23 March 1953, of original watercolour)
    SPF/Sydney - Streets - George Street, 1842 (b&w photoprint (ref. Pic.Acc.6454), presented by David Jones Ltd., 1987, of original watercolour)

    Microfilm copy available at FM4/2338, frame 54a
    Digital order no:Album ID : 861739
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Signed and dated lower left " H.C. Allport 1842"
    Label of National Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney, on reverse upper left: " ... Australia's 150th Anniversary Celebrations, All Australian Art Exhibition ... January to April 1938, demonstrating 150 years of Australian art ... Loaned by David Jones Ltd."; exhibition label on reverse lower edge: "Painted by Crozier [sic] Allport, in 1842 ... From original inscription on back: George Street - looking south. the extensive Stores of D. Jones' on the right; on the left the Post Office. Painted for D. Jones, Esq., Jan. 1842, by H.C. Allport".
    Brass plaque on reverse upper edge: "David Jones Original Premises"
  • Subject
  • Topic
  • Place
  • Exhibited in

    Charles Darwin Down Under 1836 - State Library of New South Wales

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