Collection Item

Sydney Harbour near Watson’s Bay 1851

By George Edwards Peacock

During the 1830s and 1840s colonial patrons, who were mostly free emigrants, conceived of Sydney as a miniature English town. Interest grew in views of the attractive bays and inlets of Sydney Harbour as places of relaxation and pleasure. Prior to this, most views of Sydney focused on Sydney Cove itself.

The clear bright tone of this romantic painting makes it one of George Peacock’s most successful. The neatly drawn figures of the fishermen in the foreground of this painting are included to add interest to the image, not as factual documentation.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on canvas
Call Number:
DG 205
Published date:
On display:
Exhibition Galleries

Sponsored by Robert Cameron AO and Paula Cameron

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