Speculators on

Title: Speculators on "The Corner", Ballarat.
Date: C1886
Artist: William Thomas Smedley (1858-1920)
Image Size: 220mm x 150mm (8.66" x 5.91")
Technique: Hand coloured engraving.
Condition: In good condition
Stock Number: PAA 2268 VC (KIA) (C053) (1)
Price: $A 65

Wonderful image of share brokers, under the verandah , trading at the former Unicorn Hotel in Ballarat. Known as 'The Corner', the Unicorn adjoined the Mining Exchange and the building accommodated offices for stock brokers and share traders from the 1860s until the late 1880s and was a popular gathering point


William Thomas Smedley (1858-1920)

Smedley was born in Pennsylvania , worked on a newspaper, then studied engraving and art in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He settled in New York in 1880. His first illustrations were for the series Picturesque Canada and in 1905 became a member of the National Academy of Design. Most of his art was illsutrative but he also painted portraits and watercolours, receiving the Evans Prize of the American Water Color Society in 1890, and a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition of 1900.