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Morning at the Heads of Port Jackson, or the Pilot’s Look-out 1850

By George Edwards Peacock

Sunrise over South Head, watched by two figures contemplating the Pacific, is an unusually romantic depiction of this well-known Sydney beauty spot. The Heads were a favourite destination for local tourists, the point of entry and exit to the colony, and symbolic of its separation from Europe.

Perhaps this vision by convict artist George Peacock documents his own sense of exile from England. Back in England he had been a landscape painter but was convicted for forgery and transported to Sydney.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on board
Call Number:
DG 204
Published date:
1850
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 Tuesday, 1 January 1850
Finished Tuesday, 31 December 1850
Started Tuesday, 1 January 1850
Finished Tuesday, 31 December 1850
Started Tuesday, 1 January 1850
Finished Tuesday, 31 December 1850