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  • Title
    Pitt Street, Sydney, 1864-1880 / unknown artist
  • Call number
    DG 347
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 1, West Wall, no. 31
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca 1864-1880
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 painting - oil on canvas - 21 3/4 x 27 in.
  • Scope and Content
    F. Hobill Cole Colllection Catalogue, 1923, describes this as: 'painting of the site of Liverpool, London and Globe Insurance Company and includes the Commercial Bank Building with its four battlement towers, further down some old stores then the Quay. Centre building is National Bank'. In this catalogue this painting was said to be by Barsen Gebaude, however that is more likely to be its title. In German, Börsengebäude means ‘stock exchange‘, which was on the distant corner of this Pitt Street block.

    This painting shows lower Pitt Street, Sydney, at the corner of Spring Street, looking towards Circular Quay. The Bible Hall building is in the foreground. The colonnaded Australian Mutual Provident Society building, constructed in 1864, is next door, to the left.

    The painting includes a great deal of detail — ship masts and warehouses can be seen at the Quay; on the building curtains flutter out of windows and statuary is silhouetted against the skyline; and on the street a dog sits at each lamppost.
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright restrictions may apply
  • Description source

    Information transferred from Pictures Card Catalogue as part of the eRecords Project, 2008-2009
  • General note

    Photocopy of label on back of old frame filed at PXn 131, in Mitchell Library Reading Room.

    A photograph of the same view, dated 'before 1875' is in the Holtermann Collection, Box 59, no. 315.
    Digital order no:a1528561
  • Attributions / conjectures

    On back of frame in pencil 'Barsen Gebaude in Sydney. Lower end of Pitt Street, Sydney, near Circular Quay. The Harbour Bridge now frames this spot'.
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  • Exhibited in

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