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  • Title
    Sydney Cove, after 1845 / painted by unknown artist
  • Call number
    ML 374
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 1, West Wall, no. 9
  • Level of description
  • Date

    after 1845
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 painting - oil on canvas, mounted onto board, framed - 30.5 x 45.5 cm, in frame 46.5 x 61.5 cm.

    Attribution to Harriot Anley is from family donor. Mrs Anley, however, had left the colony, in 1835, before many structures depicted in the work, such as New Government House, had been built.

    Harriot Anley (note the correct spelling), nee Allez, was born on Guernsey and died before 1851. She married Capt. Philip Nicole Anley and they had 13 children, the thirteenth being the donor of the painting, Barnett b.1843. They departed for New South Wales ca. 19 Sept 1830 and arrived in Hobart on the convict ship John 28 Jan 1831. In that year Anley went to Maitland in his career as a magistrate and it is said he liked to watch the executions over breakfast. The couple returned to England on the Roslyn Castle on 22 Feb 1835.

    Information supplied by P. Anley, great great great grandson of Harriot (August 2006)
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955<br>
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Published Information
    Reproduced in: The great south land : treasures of the Mitchell and Dixson Libraries and Dixson Galleries / [by] Suzanne Mourot with Paulette Jones. Melbourne : Sun Books, 1979.
  • Variant title

    Previously titled : Sydney Cove, c.1830 / painted by Mrs Heriot Anley
  • General note

    Titled, dated and attributed from donor dedication pasted on board, held at Ap 93/3
    Digital order no:a928398
  • Attributions / conjectures

    In the background is Kirribilli Point. Painted there on the waterfront of that point, reading right to left, is Wotonga now Admiralty House, Woodlands (depicted as a 2 storey house ) and Beulah. Wotonga was built 1842/43 and Beulah 1843/44; see Admiralty House / J M Kerr. National Trust, 1987.

    In the foreground to the right is what appears to be Government House Sydney completed between 1837-43 and first occupied in 1845. There's a flag showing so presumably someone is in occupation.

    So on all this alone the picture dates to 1845 plus.

    According to the Library's web page it is not signed or dated. All information is on a card from a descendant of Anley. I suggest it is likely to be painted by an unknown artist yet to be identified unless someone can identify it from other work(s) done by Anley or there is some other material which enables one to attribute it to Anley. As she left Sydney for the UK in late 1835, it suggests someone else painted this picture, unless she used a reference copy (from an artist who had seen the buildings) before she died in 1851.

    Information supplied by Michel Reymond, February 2014
  • Conservation note

    Conserved 2005
  • Subject
  • Topic
  • Place
  • Exhibited in

    Paintings from the Collection - State Library of New South Wales (2018)

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