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  • Title
    [A day's picnic on Clark Island, Sydney Harbour], 1870 / Montagu Scott
  • Creator
  • Call number
    ML 3
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 1, West Wall, no. 11
  • Level of description
  • Date

  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 painting - oil - 102.9 x 152.7 (in mount)
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Work is unsigned

    Scott's best known painting is a detailed oil of contemporary figures and landscape which was exhibited for sale at 200pds in the 1870 Sydney Inter-colonial Exhibition (Exhibition building, Prince Alfred Park). Reviews of the work were not favourable -- Source: Dictionary of Australian Artists / J. Kerr, pg. 704

    `Mr Scott's picture we understand represents a large body of picnicers who have landed on New Year's Day on Clark Island ... To the left of the picture two or three young ladies are waiting for oysters which one of the party is knocking on a rock, while near at hand some lady of scientific turn of mind is spearing some "wonder of the deep" with her parasol. At the rear a quiet little flirtation is going on by two ladies sheltered beneath the umbrella which also serves to conceal the proceedings from their parents on th right. They have not however escaped the watchful eye of "mamma" who is calling to the attention of "pappa" to the state of affairs. The old gentleman though is not the least happy of the party, cannot leave his business proclivities behind and has been deeply immensed probably in the commcerial column of the Herald. Grouped near at hand are others tempering the sunny heat by libations of champagne. More substantial fare is avalable to the right, of which young colonials are partaking with a small lump of rock for a dining table. On the sands in the foreground a gentleman is inducing his dog to take a bath, while in the centre of the pricture a pair who have been "out for a row" are disembarking from their boats. To the extreme right last but not least is depicted a little "umbrella courtship" bespeaking that passion which is as old as the hills, and which will endure as long'
    Reference: Sydney Illustrated, Sept. 6 1870, pp. 43-44.

    The measurement of the work is calculated from the measurements (inches) described on the shelflist card
    Digital order no:Album ID : 971384
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  • Exhibited in

    The Artist and the patron - Art Gallery of New South Wales (2 February - 1 May, 1988)
    Line of Sight: 19th century Australian landscape paintings - State Library of New South Wales (March, 1997 - April, 1997)
    ONE hundred : celebrating the Mitchell Library centenary - State Library of New South Wales (March, 2010 - June, 2010)
    Eat your History : A shared table - Museum of Sydney (September, 2013 - March, 2014)
    Paintings from the Collection - State Library of New South Wales (October, 2018 - )

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