C1839

[St. Mary’s] Roman Catholic Chapel.

Very rare early etching of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. The foundation stone for the first St Mary’s was laid on 29 October 1821 by Governor Macquarie. Built by James Dempsey, it was a simple cruciform stone structure which paid homage … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[St. Mary’s] Roman Catholic Chapel.

Date:

C1839

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Etching

Image Size: 

130mm 
x 97mm

Paper Size: 

180mm 
x 105mm
AUTHENTICITY
[St. Mary's] Roman Catholic Chapel. - Antique View from 1839

Genuine antique
dated:

1839

Description:

Very rare early etching of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney.

The foundation stone for the first St Mary’s was laid on 29 October 1821 by Governor Macquarie. Built by James Dempsey, it was a simple cruciform stone structure which paid homage to the rising fashion for the Gothic style in its pointed windows and pinnacles. In 1835, John Polding became the first archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia.

References:
Butler, Printed Images in Colonial Australia 1801-1901, p. 69-70
Ferguson, Bibliography of Australia, 2390
Kerr, Dictionary of Australian Artists p.134-135

Collections:
National Gallery Australia: Accession no NGA 2009.1108.7

John Black Carmichael (1811 - 1857)

Carmichael was a painter, etcher, art teacher and engraver. Despite being 'deaf and dumb', a distinguishing handicap often mentioned in relation to his work, Carmichael was nevertheless regarded as one of the most competent engravers in Sydney. He is also notable for having been one of the earliest free emigrant artists to pursue a lifelong professional career in New South Wales.

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