C1902

Opening of the First Commonwealth Parliament.

Artist:

Charles Nuttall (1872 - 1934)

Magnificent photogravure in its original carved oak frame and much rarer than the Tom Roberts version of the same event. Nuttall received the commission to paint the Opening of the First Federal Parliament which was held on 9 May 1901 … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Opening of the First Commonwealth Parliament.

Date:

C1902

Artist:

Charles Nuttall (1872 - 1934)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Original photogravure.

Image Size: 

955mm 
x 475mm

Frame Size: 

1290mm 
x 860mm
AUTHENTICITY
Opening of the First Commonwealth Parliament. - Antique Print from 1902

Genuine antique
dated:

1902

Description:

Magnificent photogravure in its original carved oak frame and much rarer than the Tom Roberts version of the same event. Nuttall received the commission to paint the Opening of the First Federal Parliament which was held on 9 May 1901 and as part of his brief, was asked to include as many well known portraits in the 12 feet by 8 feet painting. The painting took Nuttall almost a year to complete in a studio he was provided within the Exhibition Building. Soon after completion the painting was sent to Goupil&#8217s in Paris, who were internationally recognised for producing large photogravures. The ceremony was held in the Great Hall of the Exhibition Building. On the official dais are the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York and the Governor General, the Earl of Hopetoun and the Countess of Hopetoun. Facing the dais are the members of the first Commonwealth Parliament. There are up to 344 individual recognisable portraits within the painting.

Biography:

Charles Nuttall (1872-1934) 

Nuttall was an Australian artist, son of James Charles Nuttall, born at Fitzroy, Victoria. He received his art training at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, under Frederick McCubbin and was a contributor of drawings to the BulletinLife, and other journals. In 1902 painted the Opening of First Commonwealth Parliament. 

In 1905 Nuttall moved to the United States, joined the staff of the New York Herald, and contributed to LifeThe Century and Harper’s.  Nuttall, who was color blind, specialised in black and white, gouache and monochrome work. After a tour in Europe he returned to Australia in 1910, and frequently exhibited drawings and etchings and wrote stories and articles, and was establishing a reputation as a broadcaster.

He died at South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria, on 28 November 1934. 

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