C1876

Sydney Heads - New South Wales.

Rare and important lithograph of Sydney Harbour, by one of the most famous and important Australian colonial artists. From Guerard’s, Eugene von Guerard’s Australian Landscapes. From the summit of a knoll on the roadside from Sydney to the narrow promontory known as … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Sydney Heads – New South Wales.

Date:

C1876

Engraver:

Hamel & Ferguson 

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

490mm 
x 290mm

Paper Size: 

585mm 
x 392mm
AUTHENTICITY
Sydney Heads - New South Wales. - Antique Print from 1876

Genuine antique
dated:

1876

Description:

Rare and important lithograph of Sydney Harbour, by one of the most famous and important Australian colonial artists.

From Guerard’s, Eugene von Guerard’s Australian Landscapes.

From the summit of a knoll on the roadside from Sydney to the narrow promontory known as the South Head, is visible the lovely prospect depicted by our artist. The miniature Bay of Vaucluse occupies the foreground to the left, and to the right Watson’s Bay exhibits its graceful curve. Travelling onwards, the eye rests for a moment upon the Dunbar Lighthouse beyond which, the narrow entrance to Port Jackson is sufficiently well defined while the bold headland which constitutes the rounding point of the entrance to the north harbour, bounds the view in that direction. Somewhat to the right of this rocky barrier, Manly Beach is faintly indicated. The road to the South Head is deservedly a favourite drive with the inhabitants of Sydney, and the stranger passing over it for the first time experiences a succession of demands upon his admiration, as each bend in the road discloses to him some new combination of sea and shore and sky, each lovelier than the last. Eugene von Guerard

References:
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976: 1034a.
Wantrup, J. Australian Rare Books. Sydney 1987: pp.328-331, 257.
Kerr, J. The Dictionary of Australian Artists Painters, Sketchers, Photographers and Engravers to 1870 Melbourne 1992: pp. 330-332.
Butler, Printed Images in Colonial Australia 1801-1901: pp.176-179.
Tipping, M. An Artist on the Goldfields. The Diary of Eugene Von Guerard. Melbourne 1982:.
Bonyhady, T. Australian Colonial Paintings in the Australian National Gallery. Melbourne 1986: pp. 170-207.
Hunt, S. & Davidson, G. Sydney Views 1788-1888: from the BEAT KNOBLAUCH collection. Sydney 2007: 21, ill. p.47.
McCulloch, A. Artists of the Australian Gold Rush. Melbourne 1977: p.98-104.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 583570
State Library Victoria: Accession no: H523
State Library New South Wales: CALL NUMBERS V1/Har/1866?/1
Australian National Maritime Museum: Image Number 48033, 00000896
National Gallery Victoria: 28555, 134-5
National Gallery Australia: LEGACY ID 84869

Eugene von Guerard (1811 - 1901)

Guerard was a born in Vienna and he exhibited an artistic talent from an early age. He toured Italy with his father studying the art of the old masters. In 1838 he studied landscape painting at the Dusseldorf Academy where he engrossed himself in the German Romantic Landscape tradition, exemplified by the art of Caspar David Friedrich. As a result, von Guerard’s paintings, sketches and lithographs of Australia are not simply topographical but rather aim to create awe-inspiring imagery in the pursuit of the sublime and picturesque. By the 1860’s von Guerard was recognised as the foremost landscape artist in the Australian colonies. His strong geometric compositions and forms were highly unique in comparison to his contemporaries in the context of Australian illustrations. In 1870 he was appointed the First Master of the School of Painting at the National Gallery of Victoria, where he influenced and trained artists for the next 11 years. Von Guerard unlike his contemporaries did not produce many lithographs, although Australian Landscapes, are considered to be some of the finest illustrations of Australian landscapes. These lithographs are represented in all major Australian institutional collections.

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