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Hobart Town 1857

By Henry Gritten

Henry Gritten, the son of a London picture dealer, was an artist and photographer. After spending time in New York, he had moved to Melbourne by 1853.

After trying his luck on the Bendigo goldfields, Gritten realised that painting was more lucrative than prospecting. He then moved to Sydney, but eventually settled in Hobart, where he struggled with poor health and poverty.

Despite exhibiting in local art exhibitions, and pursuing publishing, his work met with ‘very little encouragement’. His precise paintings, often bathed in soft evening light, record the up-to-date detail of colonial cities like Hobart. This view, dominated by Mt Wellington, looks into Sullivans Cove. St George’s Church and Cowgill’s windmill, sit proud on Battery Point on the left.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on canvas
Call Number:
DG 345
Published date:
1857
On display:
Exhibition Galleries
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 Wednesday, 1 January 1851
Finished Wednesday, 31 December 1851
Started Wednesday, 1 January 1851
Finished Wednesday, 31 December 1851