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Boating scene in Sydney Harbourbefore 1926

by Alfred James Daplyn

Alfred James Daplyn was born in London and came to Sydney in 1884 after a brief stay in Melbourne. He was an active member of the Sydney art community and in 1885 became the first paid instructor at the Art Society of New South Wales.

The donor of this painting believed it to be a depiction of members of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. Named the Australian Yacht Club when it was founded in 1862, it changed name a year later after receiving the patronage of the Prince of Wales. Several of the men in the painting wear Breton-style sailing shirts, which became popular after 1858, when they were introduced as part of the French naval uniform.