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  • Title
    Sketches of Sydney, 1843-1847 / Jacob William Jones
  • Creator
  • Call number
    DGA 32
  • Level of description
  • Date

  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Drawings - 7 pencil drawings touched with white, on tinted ground - each approx. 27 x 37 cm.
  • Scope and Content
    1. The Cathedral. Now in the course of Erection, 1847 [St. Andrew's]
    2. Australian Club House
    3. The Library, built 1843-5
    4. View in Sydney Cove, N.S.W. 1845
    5. Old Government House, 1847
    6. Government House, 1846
    7. St. James's Church, 1844
  • General note

    Titled from hand lettered titles in ink on mount
    Four are signed and dated: f.4: "J. W. Jones 1845" in pencil at lower right; f.5: "J. W. Jones 1847" in ink at lower edge, left of centre; f.6: "Sydney 1846 J. W. Jones" in pencil at lower left; f.7: titled in pencil "St James Church Sydney" at lower left, signed & dated in pencil "J. W. Jones 1844" at lower right
    Buildings noted on mount below picture: f.1: Police Office; f.2: Union Bank, Fountain; f.3: The Club, Fort Phillip Battery & Flag Staff; f.4: Old Government House, Custom House, Club House, Treasury, St James's Church, Commissariat Stores; f.7: Supreme Court House
    Some mounts are blind stamped at top left with the crest of Reeves & Sons, 130 Cheapside, London
    In light of Jones' practice as a lithographer, these drawings may have been intended for publication; sets of views of this kind were commonly issued at this time -- remarks by Manager, Original Materials Branch, July 2007
    The view of St Andrew's Cathedral in this set of sketches (f.1) is referred to in Jones' entry in The Dictionary of Australian artists : painters, sketchers, photographers and engravers to 1870 / edited by Joan Kerr (Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1992) as "presumably Jones's sketch of the same title which was lent by Michael Metcalfe (q.v.) to the second exhibition of the Society of the Promotion fo the Fine Arts in Australia in 1849, of which the reviewer on the Sydney Morning Herald said: `Apparently a very highly finished drawing. At first sight we imagined it to be an engraving. The perspective is most accurate ... [but] it is hung so high that it is impossible even to decide in what material it is executed. Is this fair treatment?'". However it is possible that a larger (38.2 x 58.5 cm.) version of this drawing (held at V1/Chu/St An/4) was the sketch exhibited.
    For further information on the artist, see notes at PXn 534
    Microfilm available at FM3/698
    Digital order no:Album ID : 823788
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  • Exhibited in

    The most useful Art: Architecture in Australia, 1788-1985 - State Library of New South Wales (6 August, 1985 - 2 March, 1986). Applies to: f.2
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