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  • Title
    [View of the town of Parramatta from May's Hill, ca. 1840 / painting attributed to G. E. Peacock]
  • Creator
  • Call number
    ML 1226
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 1, West Wall, no. 10
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1840
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 painting - oil on prepared artist board - 23.5 x 30.9 cm
  • Scope and Content
    This view looks down on Parramatta from May's Hill. Old Government House, at the left, looks over Pitt and Hunter Streets, and the centre of town. The two-storeyed verandahed building at the right is the Military Hospital.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Although this painting is signed "Allport" it is much closer stylistically to the work of George Edwards Peacock. The size of the work, and the palette and technique employed by the artist, matches other signed works by him. Allport - presumably Henry Curzon - is not known to have painted in oils. (Curator of Pictures, Mitchell Library)
    Peacock presumably painted this view whilst he was briefly stationed at the Parramatta Observatory in 1839.
    Reference: George Edwards Peacock exhibition catalogue. State Library of New South Wales, 2002
    Oil painting and frame conserved with the generous support of the State Library of New South Wales Foundation, 2001-2002.
    Digital order no:a128026
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    "Allport" signed at lower right in paint, and probably (erroneously) added much later than the date of the painting
  • Topic
  • Place
  • Exhibited in

    George Edwards Peacock - State Library of New South Wales (13 May - 1 August, 2002)
    Pride of place - State Library of New South Wales (September, 2004 - November, 2004)
    Paintings from the Collection - State Library of New South Wales (October, 2018 - )
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