William Charles Piguenit (1836 – 1914)
The Glenorchy Hills from the North Flank of Mount Direction
Oil on canvas
48.5 x 74.5 cm (sight)
Signed lower right
The first Australian born landscape artist of note, William Charles Piguenit (1836 – 1914) is known for his romantic depictions of Tasmania and New South Wales in colonial times. Piguenit was born in Hobart in 1836, the son of a convict of French Huguenot descent who was transported to England in 1830. Piguenit made a number of visits to Tasmania following his departure to New South Wales in 1880.
This painting, depicting the River Derwent from the slopes of Mount Direction, Otago, shows what is believed to be the farming property of fellow Hugenot descendants the Mollineaux family, who operated a ferry service across the Derwent until well into the century.
James R. Lawson & Little, Sydney, December 1912
Thence by descent
Masterpiece Fine Art Gallery, Hobart