Albert Henry Fullwood (1863 – 1930)
(New Town, Tasmania)
Watercolour on paper
16.5 x 24 cm
Signed lower left: ‘A. H. Fullwood’

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Throughout the 1890s, Albert Henry Fullwood made a series of visits to Tasmania at the behest of the Art Society of Tasmania. His influence on the arts of the small colony was significant, so much so that by 1897 one reviewer for the Hobart Mercury noted that the Society had become ‘seized with a frenzy of impressionism’.1 In March of that year, Fullwood had begun taking painting classes to the then rural area of New Town, where his tuition centred on the rustic property of New Farm and, more specifically, on the dilapidated remains of Mezger’s Mill.2

The mill and its surroundings consequently became popular subject matter for both local and visiting painters, and has been depicted by a range of notable artists. Frederick McCubbin, produced a charming view of the mill when visiting the colony in 1899, and, from later correspondence between McCubbin and Tom Roberts, it is likely that Fullwood introduced him to the site.3

Fullwood’s two paintings, dating from his 1897 visit, depict the site from further afield, with the agricultural complex partly obscured by the willows growing along the New Town Rivulet. Today, while the core of the property remains intact and surrounded by trees, the outlying land has been engulfed by the suburbs of New Town and Moonah.

1. The Mercury (8 February 1897, Hobart),’Art Society of Tasmania: Annual Exhibition’, p. 4
2. Gray, A (1983), ‘Fullwood in Tasmania’, The Art Bulletin of Tasmania
3. MacKenzie, A (1990), Frederick McCubbin 1855-1917: ‘The Proff’ and his art, Mannagum Press, Melbourne