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The Heads of Port Jackson NSW from off the North Head ­— a squall 1846

By George Edwards Peacock

George Peacock often sold sets of small paintings to clients — generally of harbour views. This is one of seven oils, purchased by Thomas Wise, thought to have been a publican.

The painting depicts South Head overshadowed by an approaching storm. South Head Lighthouse is at the centre of the work. A charming essay on the moods of Sydney Harbour, this little painting, like other works by the artist, is characterised by the attention paid to the atmosphere of a scene.

Peacock had been a lawyer when he defrauded his brother of nearly £7000. He was transported to Sydney for the crime and worked at South Head Signal Station as a meteorological weather data recorder.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on board
Call Number:
DG 333
Published date:
1846
On display:
Exhibition Galleries
Sponsorship:

Sponsored by Edward Thomas

Copyright Information:

Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955

Please acknowledge: Dixson Galleries, State Library of New South Wales

Display Location:
Exhibition Galleries
Historical Dates
Started Thursday, 1 January 1846
Finished Thursday, 31 December 1846
Started Thursday, 1 January 1846
Finished Thursday, 31 December 1846