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  • Title
    Barrack Street, Sydney, 1942 / by Roland Wakelin
  • Creator
  • Call number
    ML 1486
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 1, North Wall, no. 62
  • Level of description
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  • Type of material
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  • Physical Description
    1 painting - oil on canvas on board - visible image 74.0 x 37.0 cm, in frame 90.0 x 36.0 cm

    Roland Shakespeare Wakelin (1887-1971), born on 17 April 1887 at Greytown, New Zealand, was among the few artists who introduced modernism to Sydney. Moving to Australia in 1912, he studied under Antonio Dattilo Rubbo and Norman Carter at the Royal Art Society of New South Wales. From 1934, Wakelin's paintings often depicted his harbour city, as well as intimate subjects of domestic life.

    Library correspondence file
  • Collection history
    Private Collection; Christie’s Australia (Sydney), 18 August 1993, Lot 936; Private Collection; Deutscher-Menzies (Melbourne), 28 August 2002, Lot 136; Private Collection, Melbourne
  • Scope and Content
    An urban streetscape which shows view of Barrack Street from the footpath at the left hand side of the road looking out east towards the T intersection with George Street, facing the western facade of the General Post Office.

    In the foreground, a street vendor sells a [newspaper] to a woman wearing a cerise pink coat, while a female pedestrian, crosses the road ahead to the right hand side of the street, where a vehicle is parked against the curb adjacent to David Jones’ George Street department store. A tram goes through the intersection ahead, passing in front of an RAAF recruitment billboard. In the background is the GPO building with workmen and a crane positioned on the roof of the building.
  • Copying Conditions
    In copyright:
    Copyright holder:: Estate of Roland Wakelin
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy Estate of Roland Wakelin.
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Signed lower right 'R. Wakelin '42'.
    Engraved and titled on brass plate, lower edge of timber frame 'Roland Wakelin, Barrack Street, Sydney 1942'.
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  • Exhibited in

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