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  • Title
    South Head Light House, New S. Wales / watercolour by unknown artist
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  • Physical Description
    Drawings - 1 watercolour - 21.8 x 16.5 cm. on card 28 x 23 cm.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955.
  • General note

    Title from mount

    Originally called Macquarie Tower, the lighthouse at South Head was commissioned by Governor Macquarie in 1816. It was convict architect Francis Greenway's first major design as civil architect. On completion of the stonework in December 1817, Macquarie sent Greenway his conditional pardon. This watercolour presumably dates from before 1827, when the tower was reinforced with iron hoops.

    Previously in the collection of Captain A.W.F. Fuller, an avid collector of material from Africa and the Pacific between 1896 and 1961. Signed and dated by him "A.W.F. Fuller 24 Sept 1936" in pencil on reverse of mount.
    Digital order no:a1528287
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    "Port Jackson, (Sydney Harbour) has two lighthouses on the south of the entrance - Outer South Head Lighthouse & Inner South Head Lighthouse, or Hornby. The former (now a new lighthouse) stands 344ft above sea level while the latter is only 90ft. From the fact that no land is visable [sic] opposite the lighthouse, this view is probably of the Outer Light. The foundation stone of the Sydney lighthouse (?- Outer South Head) laid by Governor Macquarie 18 July, 1813" -- inscription in pencil on reverse of mount.

    "H.E. Griffith" -- ink stamp in outline of scroll on reverse of mount
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    The Governor: Lachlan Macquarie, 1810 to 1821 - State Library of New South Wales (5 July - 10 October, 2010)
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