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  • Title
    [First Government House, Sydney] / watercolour drawing by John Eyre
  • Creator
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  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1807
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Drawings - 1 watercolour - 25.5 x 34.4 cm.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    ca. 1807 (dated from design of garden, which was said to have been re-modelled by Governor William Bligh and his daughter Mary Putland in ca.1807
    Reference: H. Proudfoot et al., Australia's First Government House, 1990 p.90 (Ref.1/994.4102/11 Mitchell Library).

    In this drawing the garden appears to be more developed than in Eyre's earlier drawing "View from the West side of the Cove" which is dated 1806 (DG XV1/26 Dixson Galleries). However there is little sign of the garden in John William Lewin's depiction of the house in his "Sydney Cove" which is dated 4 September 1808 (ML 60 Mitchell Library).

    It is possible that during 1808, when Governor Bligh was confined to Government House by the rebel administration, and refused servants, that the garden he and his daughter planted, died.)

    Vendor acquired drawing as part of a mixed folio of prints and drawings at an English West county auction sale ca.1993. The vendor has been unable to trace the provenance further back than this sale.

    A very close (faint) pencil drawing, probably by John William Lewin, is on the reverse of a watercolour of a hibiscus - one of a collection of botanical studies commissioned by Governor King ca.1804-05
    SAFE/PXC 304 f.104 Mitchell Library Pictures Section.

    Colour transparency digitised 1998
    Digital order no:a128359
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Signed at lower left "I. Eyre Del[corner torn]"
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  • Place
  • Exhibited in

    A Rage for Curiosity - State Library of New South Wales (1 September, 1997 - 11 January, 1998)
    Eora: Mapping Aboriginal Sydney, 1770-1850 - State Library of New South Wales (June, 2006 - August, 2006)
    Politics & Power: Bligh's Sydney Rebellion 1808 - State Library of New South Wales (January, 2008 - April, 2008)

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