C1866

Inauguration of the Prince Consort Statue Recently Erected at the North Entrance to Hyde Park, Sydney, New South Wales.

Rare engraving of the inauguration of the Prince Consort statue in 1866 which is on the corner of Macquarie St and, Prince Albert Rd, Sydney. The sculpture of Prince Albert, also known as Albert the Good, was erected in 1866 … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Inauguration of the Prince Consort Statue Recently Erected at the North Entrance to Hyde Park, Sydney, New South Wales.

Date:

C1866

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Engraving.

Image Size: 

350mm 
x 240mm
AUTHENTICITY
Inauguration of the Prince Consort Statue Recently Erected at the North Entrance to Hyde Park, Sydney, New South Wales. - Antique View from 1866

Genuine antique
dated:

1866

Description:

Rare engraving of the inauguration of the Prince Consort statue in 1866 which is on the corner of Macquarie St and, Prince Albert Rd, Sydney.

The sculpture of Prince Albert, also known as Albert the Good, was erected in 1866 and was originally located at the entrance to the Lover’s Walk, the central north-south axis of Hyde Park. The bronze statue of the Prince is approximately three metres high, and is positioned on top of a granite pedestal. Prince Albert wears the robes of the order of the Garter. In his left hand he holds a sceptre and in his right an unrolled scroll. The railings around the statue are modelled on the universal trident, as used at the Exhibition of 1851. The plinth, made of Pyrmont stone, is approximately six metres by just under five metres, and is surrounded by projection pediments, on which it was intended to place lions. The statue is by English sculptor, William Theed the younger, for the Royal Albert Infirmary at Bishop’s Waltham. William Theed (1804-1891) was born in Threntham, Staffordshire. He was educated at the Royal Academy schools, and won the Silver Palette from the Society of Arts in 1820. His services were extensively used by the Royal Family.

The statue was moved in 1922, possibly to the Botanic Gardens, during the construction of the City Circle train line. In 1987 he was again moved, this time to his now prominent position in front of Hyde Park Barracks, gazing earnestly at Victoria opposite.

Reference: Louella McCarthy and Paul Ashton (eds.), Sydney Open Museum Historical Survey, Sydney City Council, 1994, item 21, pp.43-45, xviii

From the original edition of the Illustrated Sydney News.

Frederick Casemero Terry (1826 - 1869)

Terry was an artist and engraver born England and emigrated to Sydney and arriving in Sydney in the early 1850's. He was soon part of colonial society and became known for his paintings and engravings. This engraving is from his rare series Landscape Scenery Illustrating Sydney and Port Jackson, New South Wales printed by Sands and Kenny. Unusually set within an oval image they included views of Sydney town and the harbour, as well a number of country towns. Unfortunately the engraver had mispelt Terry's name and as a result it appears as Fleury. At the 1855 Paris Exhibition he was included with five other Australian artists in having his paintings displayed. He was then invited to exhibit in the Further Exhibition of the Society for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in Australia held in the Mechanic's School of Arts. By the 1860's he was established as one of best colonial artists and in 1861 he had been made examiner at the Mechanics School of Arts. Terry died at the early age of forty four and as many artists before him he had struggled financially in his last years.

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