C1887

The Melbourne Observatory.

Scarce colonial engraving of the Melbourne Observatory which was established in 1862. References: Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976 16439. Collections: National Library Australia: Bib ID 4084242 State Library Victoria: CCF 994.5 V66S State Library New … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Melbourne Observatory.

Date:

C1887

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

127mm 
x 105mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Melbourne Observatory. - Antique View from 1887

Genuine antique
dated:

1887

Description:

Scarce colonial engraving of the Melbourne Observatory which was established in 1862.

References:
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976 16439.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 4084242
State Library Victoria: CCF 994.5 V66S
State Library New South Wales: 74Vv5vQ4lxmZ

 

Albert Henry Fullwood (1863 - 1930)

Fullwood was an English artist, he attended Birmingham Institute on a scholarship and on completing his studies migrated to Sydney in 1883. He worked for John Sands in Sydney and then as an illustrator for Garran the publisher, 1883-86. He travelled extensively, including visits to Thursday Island, Torres Strait, Palmerston (Darwin), Port Moresby, New Guinea, and New Zealand.

In the 1880's he was actively painting with a number of prominent colonial artist such as, Frank Mahony, James Ashton, Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton at their camp at Sirius Cove in Sydney. Encouraged by Livingston Hopkins, Fullwood focused on etching during this period. He contributed drawings to the English newspapers The Graphic, Black and White as well as to the Australian Town and Country Journal, the Bulletin, Illustrated Sydney News and the Sydney Mail. He was an active member of the Art Society of New South Wales from 1884, and with Roberts and others who were dissatisfied with the influence of laymen on its committee, was active in setting up the breakaway Society of Artists.

In 1900 he auctioned his work and took his family first to New York for a year and then to London where he found work as an illustrator. He exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts from 1906 and the Salon de la Societe des Artistes Francais, Paris. He became a member of the Chelsea Arts Club. On the outbreak of World War I,  Fullwood joined the Allied Arts Corps 1915-1917.  He was then discharged as medically unfit and then served as a sergeant in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and was posted the London General Hospital with fellow Australian artists, Roberts, Streeton, George Coates and Miles Evergood.

In 1918 now a Lieutenant in the Australian Imperial Force, he went to France as official artist to the 5th Division and painted scenes of the Western Front. Demobilized on 31 December 1919, Fullwood embarked for Sydney and on his return, he and John Shirlow founded the Australian Painter-Etchers' Society and became a member of the Australian Water-Colour Institute. Fullwood died from pneumonia on 1 October 1930.

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