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  • Title
    [Central Railway Station at Railway Square, Sydney], 1923 / W. Young
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  • Type of material
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  • Physical Description
    1 watercolour - on wove paper - 38.3 x 56.5 cm.

    William Young was the pseudonym used from 1919 until his death in 1944 of the British/Australian artist Paul Sidney Goodwin (1875-1944). Goodwin was born in January 1875 in Southampton, England, the fourth child of William Sidney Goodwin and his wife Elizabeth (nee Young). Moving to London in 1894, he studied at the Croydon School of Art, and in the same year commenced exhibiting with the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts in Dublin. Goodwin’s artistic endeavours were encouraged by his uncle, Albert Goodwin (1845-1932), a member of the Royal Watercolour Society, with whom he visited Canada in 1890.

    A member and regular exhibitor with the Southampton Art Society from the age of fourteen, Goodwin ceased exhibiting with the Society after his father’s death in 1915, and in 1916 he was no longer a council member with the Society, a position he had held since 1911. During World War I he continued exhibiting at the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts in Dublin, suggesting he may have been residing in Dublin during this period.

    Goodwin possibly came to Sydney from Dublin in late 1918, his Australian paintings signed ‘W. Young’ date from 1919. Unmarried and with no children, Goodwin died in Woollahra in September 1944, bequeathing his estate to his friend Sophie Barker, his sisters Carmine and Daisy, and his brother Charles.

    Stephen Marshall, PhD candidate, University of Sydney. https://sabamist.com.au/index.html (accessed 20 January 2020)
    Library correspondence file
  • Collection history
    Private collection, Sydney, purchased from Vickers & Hoad Auctioneers, Directors Selection (Art lots only), Sydney, 13 June 2015, Lot No. 9. Previously sold by Mason Gray, Australian & European Paintings, Sydney, 6 March 1989, Lot No. 43, and Sotheby's, Fine Australian Paintings, Books and Ceramics, Melbourne, 26 July 1987, Lot No. 178.
  • Scope and Content
    Depicts an early morning scene at Railway Square, Sydney, 1923. Shows Central Station clocktower, an office building owned by Marcus Clark & Co, and the spire of Christ Church St. Lawrence.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955.
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Description source

    Untitled. Title devised by cataloguer.
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Signed and dated in the lower right hand corner ‘W Young 1923’.
    Label on back of frame: 'David Richardson, Picture Framer and Gilder; (056) 29 5788; Lot 6, Hope Street, Bunyip [Vic], 3815".
  • Conservation note

    Watermark ‘A. Millbourne’ visible through transmitted light.
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    Dead Central - State Library of New South Wales (25 May, 2019 - 3 May, 2020)
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