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  • Title
    Cockle Bay now Darling Harbour, ca. 1819-20 / James Taylor
  • Creator
  • Call number
    ML 941
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1819-1820
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Drawings - 1 watercolour - approx. 587 x 1145 mm. inside frame 670 x 1250 mm.
  • Scope and Content
    A west view of Sydney from Fort Phillip, a location just to the south of the present-day Observatory. "Across Darling Harbour on the left is Pyrmont with John Macarthur's windmill. Cockle Bay or White Bay separates it from Balmain. The two post-mills are on Millers Point, beyond which is Goat Island and the Parramatta River. Balls Head lies just past the right-hand tip of Goat Island, and is separated by Berrys Bay from Blues Point. Lavender Bay is partly seen on the extreme right. Millers Point with its two post-mills was then a distinct knob protruding into the harbour. Today its little bays have gone and the shoreline is so altered that it is unrecognisable." -- Reference: First views of Australia 1788-1825 : a history of early Sydney / Tim McCormick ... [et al.] ; foreword by Bernard Smith. Chippendale, N.S.W. : David Ell Press in association with Longueville Publications, 1987, pp. 206-207
  • Access Conditions

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

    Signature does not seem to be contemporary and is inaccurate as Taylor did not arrive in Australia until Aug 1817. Attributed to Taylor based on its resemblance to pl.3 of his Panoramic views of Port Jackson (Mitchell Library location: V1/c.1821/4-6)
    Titled from mount
    Dated with reference to Taylor's watercolour drawing of the south view in this panorama, in which St James' Church is not depicted, indicating a date prior to 1820. The drawings of the south and east views, corresponding to pl.1 and 2 of the aquatints, are held in a private collection but are illustrated, with commentaries, in McCormick ... [et al.], cited above. Colour transparencies are held in the Mitchell Library at FM5/1210-11; not to be reproduced without permission of the owner.
    This is one of four watercolours by Taylor from the same viewpoint, forming a 360 panorama of Sydney. Three were published as aquatints in 1823 with the title Panoramic views of Port Jackson, also known as Major Taylor's Panorama. The fourth, unpublished view, facing north, is held in the Mitchell Library at ML 942. The watercolours may relate to a panorama which was exhibited at Barker & Burford's Panorama Building in Leicester Square in London in 1824. See: Canvas documentaries : panoramic entertainments in nineteenth-century Australia and New Zealand / Mimi Colligan. Carlton South, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 2002, p.33
    For further information about Taylor's watercolour drawings and the aquatint panorama engraved from them, see his entry in The Dictionary of Australian artists : painters, sketchers, photographers and engravers to 1870 / edited by Joan Kerr. Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1992; A rage for curiosity : visualising Australia 1788-1830 / Richard Neville. Sydney : State Library of New South Wales Press, 1997; and McCormick ... [et al.], cited above
    Formerly bound with his Parramatta River Sydney Harbour with general cover title Views in Sydney Harbour (D 308). Removed from binding and transferred from D 308 to ML 941, 1985
    Digital order no:a928747
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    J. Taylor Capt. 48th Regt. 1814 -- inscribed in ink at lower left
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