C1887

"Barwon Park," the Residence of Mrs. Thomas Austin, Winchelsea.

Artist:

John Mather

Colonial engraving of ‘Barwon Park’ homestead. Embarrassed by having to entertain the visiting Duke of Edinburgh at an undistinguished homestead, pioneer pastoralist Thomas Austin and his wife Elizabeth built Barwon Park a lavish 42 room blue-stone Italianate mansion in 1871. … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

“Barwon Park,” the Residence of Mrs. Thomas Austin, Winchelsea.

Date:

C1887

Artist:

John Mather

Engraver:

1916 
(1853 – 
1907)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

158mm 
x 205mm
AUTHENTICITY
"Barwon Park," the Residence of Mrs. Thomas Austin, Winchelsea. - Antique Print from 1887

Genuine antique
dated:

1887

Description:

Colonial engraving of ‘Barwon Park’ homestead.

Embarrassed by having to entertain the visiting Duke of Edinburgh at an undistinguished homestead, pioneer pastoralist Thomas Austin and his wife Elizabeth built Barwon Park a lavish 42 room blue-stone Italianate mansion in 1871. The two storey building is enhanced by a distinctive cast iron verandah, elaborate entry hallway, a grand staircase and fine plaster decoration. When completed it was the finest and most celebrated mansion house in western Victoria.  At Barwon Park, Thomas Austin was royal host, public figure, eminent pastoralist and leader of the acclimatisation society.  The interior of the mansion remains largely in original condition. 

Biography:

John Mather (1848?-1916)

Mather was painter, etcher and teacher, born at Scotland who migrated with his parents to Australia in 1878. He had hoped to practise professionally but when he settled in Melbourne realized he would be unable to make an immediate living from painting, and worked as a house decorator. 

He built a studio at Lilydale and much of his painting was done in the surrounding countryside. He was foundation member of the Victorian Artists’ Society and in 1912 he joined Fred McCubbin, Meldrum, Walter Withers and others to form a breakaway group, the Australian Art Association. After constant campaigning for the inclusion of an artist on the board of trustees of the Public Library, Museums and National Gallery of Victoria, Mather was appointed in 1892. He was a member of the Felton Bequest Committee in 1905-16 and in this capacity, and as trustee, he strongly supported Australian art. 

Arthur Collingridge de Tourcey (1853-1907)

Collingridge was a painter, illustrator and teacher who became staff artist for the Illustrated London News and The Graphic both very successful London newspapers, before emigrating to Australia. He was one of several sons in an old Catholic family from Godington Manor, Oxfordshire. Like his brother George, he mostly dropped the ‘de Tourcey’ in Australia and came to Sydney in 1879 where he worked as an illustrator for the Sydney Mail, the Town and Country Journal. He founded the New South Wales Art Society and was staff artist of the Illustrated Sydney News. Collingridge exhibited widely, mainly in New South Wales and was a founding member of the Royal Art Society of NSW 1880.

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