John Henry Olsen (born 1928)
“Wattle and Lonely Man” 1996
Oil on canvas
136.5 x 151 cm
Signed lower right


Haughton Forrest (1826 – 1925)

Haughton Forrest (1826 – 1925)
(The Old Mill at New Town Creek)
Oil on board
31 x 47 cm
Signed lower left: ‘H Forrest’

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By the end of the 19th century, the mills and farmhouses of the New Town area were a favourite subject among local and visiting artists. Built in the early days of the colony, many of these buildings exhibited a rustic charm which no doubt appealed to the English sensibilities of the colonists.

The mill depicted in this work by Forrest was, during Forrest’s time, known simply as ‘The Old Mill’, however is believed to be the building used by the short-lived Constantia Distillery, which opened in 1824, advertising ‘a good, wholesome and pure spirit’ in The Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen’s Land Advertiser that year.1 In January 1825, Governor Sir Thomas Brisbane raised the excise on locally produced spirits and the distillery subsequently closed.

The building was then used to house orphans prior to the completion of the orphanage at St. John’s New Town, while the proprietor, William de Gillern (1787 – 1857) relocated, eventually to Longford, where he acted as a justice of the peace before returning to Hobart in 1857.

1. Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen’s Land Advertiser (24 September 1824, Hobart), p. 2

William Charles Piguenit (1836 – 1914)
(View of Adamson’s Peak from Esperance, South Tasmania)
Oil on canvas
50.8 x 91.8 cm
Signed lower right

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Following his departure to Sydney in 1880, where he enjoyed success as a leading painter of landscapes, Piguenit frequently returned to Tasmania on
painting trips. During one of these visits in 1887, Piguenit received a commission from Sir Edward Braddon to produce a series of oils for exhibition at the upcoming Centennial International Exhibition in 1888. It was at this time that Piguenit made a number of sketches in the south of the state, including the sketch that was later to be developed into this work. The sketch is now housed in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery collection.1

1. Backhouse, S, Brown, T, Johannes, C (2012), A Passion for Nature: William Charles Piguenit, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart, pp. 70 – 71

William Buelow Gould (1803 – 1853)

William Buelow Gould (1803 – 1853)
“Still Life, Fruit and Flowers”
Oil on canvas
61cm x 71cm (sight)
Signed & dated lower left

The Ted Gregg Collection, Sydney
Private Collection, Victoria

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