C1885

The New Hospital for the Insane, Callan Park

Very rare engraved view of the lunatic asylum at Callan Park, now an arts centre. In 1839, Crown Solicitor and Police Magistrate John Ryan Brenan made a series of purchases to acquire the Callan Park land, which he named Garry … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The New Hospital for the Insane, Callan Park

Date:

C1885

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

505mm 
x 305mm
AUTHENTICITY
The New Hospital for the Insane, Callan Park - Antique View from 1885

Genuine antique
dated:

1885

Description:

Very rare engraved view of the lunatic asylum at Callan Park, now an arts centre. In 1839, Crown Solicitor and Police Magistrate John Ryan Brenan made a series of purchases to acquire the Callan Park land, which he named Garry Owen Estate. Brenan built a house on the land overlooking the Parramatta River, which he named Garry Owen house, and this was a local centre for social life until his bankruptcy in 1864. The land was purchased by Sydney businessman John Gordon who renamed the property Callan Park and subdivided the land ready for auction as a new waterfront suburb. The entire area was purchased by the Colonial Government as a site for a new lunatic asylum. The main complex was completed in 1885 and continued to be used for patients until 1994. Sydney College of the Arts took possession of the building in 1996.

From the original edition of the Illustrated Sydney News.

 

Arthur Collingridge de Tourcey (1853 - 1907)

Collingridge was a painter, illustrator and teacher who became staff artist for the Illustrated London News and The Graphic both very successful London newspapers, before emigrating to Australia. He was one of several sons in an old Catholic family from Godington Manor, Oxfordshire. Like his brother George , he mostly dropped the 'de Tourcey’ in Australia. came to Sydney in 1879 where he worked as an illustrator for the Sydney Mail , the Town and Country Journal. He founded the New South Wales Art Society and was staff artist of the Illustrated Sydney News. Collingridge exhibited widely, mainly in New South Wales and was a founding member of the Royal Art Society of NSW 1880.

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