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Highlights from A Nation Imagined: The Artists of the Picturesque Atlas
A Nation Imagined: The Artists of the Picturesque Atlas will offer audiences the ‘incredible opportunity to see works of art that haven’t been seen in almost 140 years’, says exhibition co-curator Natalie Wilson.
Explore highlights from the exhibition below.
Julian Ashton, The prospector, 1889, oil on canvas on hardboard, Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1889, Photo: AGNSW, Jenni Carter, Accession number 4554
William Smedley, Spring Street, Melbourne, from the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, nla.cat-vn1654251
Uncover the adventures of Picturesque Atlas of Australasia artist A. Henry Fullwood in this short video featuring his 'sketching tour' letter. Citation: A. Henry Fullwood, Bound volume containing a long illustrated letter titled 'Sketching tour through New England, N.S. Wales', c. 1880, item within nla.cat-vn1564088
Frank Mahony, Rounding up a straggler, 1889, oil on canvas, Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1889, Photo: AGNSW, Jenni Carter, Accession number 6104
Ellis Rowan, Blandfordia grandiflora R.Br., family Blandfordiaceae, ca. 1885, nla.cat-vn1318532
T.H. Wellington (engraver), after Frederic B. Schell, Australia, title page from the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, nla.cat-vn1654251
A. Henry Fullwood, Shoalhaven River from Cambarwarra [sic], 1892, image courtesy of a private lender.
Julian Ashton, A solitary ramble, 1888, watercolour, opaque white highlights on paper, Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1888, Photo: AGNSW, Jenni Carter, Accession number 18
Julian Ashton, Gloucester Street, The Rocks, Sydney, 1918, etching, black ink with pale plate tone on ivory laid paper, Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1918, Photo: AGNSW, Accession number 3319
George Ashton, Sheep-shearing from the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, nla.cat-vn1654251
A. Henry Fullwood, Sturt Street, Ballarat,c.1886, pencil and monochrome gouache on card. Art Gallery of Ballarat. Gift of 3BA and The Courier (Ballarat), 1978. Preparatory drawing for the engraving Sturt Street in Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, October 1887.
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