C1885

The New Building for the Melbourne Athenaeum

Scarce engraved  view of the new Melbourne Atheneum at 188 Collins Street, adjacent to the Melbourne Town Hall. The building was completed in 1842. The Melbourne City Council met in the building until 1852 when the Melbourne Town Hall was … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The New Building for the Melbourne Athenaeum

Date:

C1885

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

227mm 
x 170mm
AUTHENTICITY
The New Building for the Melbourne Athenaeum - Antique View from 1885

Genuine antique
dated:

1885

Description:

Scarce engraved  view of the new Melbourne Atheneum at 188 Collins Street, adjacent to the Melbourne Town Hall.

The building was completed in 1842. The Melbourne City Council met in the building until 1852 when the Melbourne Town Hall was built. The Institution changed its name to the Melbourne Athenaeum in 1872.  At that time, as now, a focal point was the library. In 1877, membership was 1,681 and in 1879 there were 30,000 visits to the library. In 1880 it was reported ‘that the floor of the large hall was the only one in Melbourne expressly constructed for dancing‘. The front of the building was rebuilt in 1885 and 1886.

Albert Charles Cooke (1836 - 1902)

Cooke was a painter, engraver, draughtsman and illustrator. Throughout his career he worked for many of the Illustrated newspapers, such as the Illustrated Sydney News, Illustrated Australian News, The Australasian Sketcher and The Leader. He was also well known for a series of birds eye views of a number of Australian cities and towns.

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