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The Boating season, Woolloomooloo Bay c 1887

By Alfred Daplyn

In 1887 the prolific Sydney artist Alfred Daplyn exhibited a painting at the annual exhibition of the Royal Art Society of NSW called The Boating Season, Woolloomooloo Bay. It is very likely that this is that painting. It came to the Library untitled but was said to depict the founding members of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. However, these young men — informally posed, fashionably dressed in striped Breton-styled sailing shirts, and well stocked with liquid refreshments — look more like a group of well-to-do friends about to board their boat for a pleasurable sail around the Harbour. The wharf on which the men are sitting is on the east side of Woolloomooloo Bay, with the north shore of the Harbour in the distance.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on canvas
Call Number:
ML 495
Published date:
c 1887
On display:
Exhibition Galleries
Copyright Information:

Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955

Please acknowledge: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Display Location:
Exhibition Galleries
Historical Dates
Started 2024
Finished 2024
Started 2024
Finished 2024