Frances Payne

Macquarie Street, Sydney

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Brisbane-born Frances (Frankie) Payne was one of the highest-paid women illustrators of her day and a prominent member of the Society of Women Painters. 

This charming streetscape depicts the Horbury Terrace, opposite the State Library, at 171–173 Macquarie Street. Built in 1842, the terraces were one of the most desirable residences in the colony during the 1840s. 

Originally part of a row of seven terraces, only two now remain. The building on the far left is Wyoming, built in 1911, on the corner of Hunter and Macquarie streets. As one of the first high-rise blocks of professional chambers, it reflects the development of Macquarie Street as a prestige address for the medical profession.

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