18061
Haughton Forrest (1826 – 1925)
(Sorrell Creek, Tasmania)
Oil on academy board
11 x 12 cm (sight)
Unsigned

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18043
Haughton Forrest (1826 – 1925)
‘Highland Cattle’
Oil on canvas
51 x 76 cm
Unsigned

Literature: George Deas Brown, Haughton Robert 1826 – 1925 (Malakoff Fine Art Press, 1982), reproduced page 166

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17070
Haughton Forrest (1826 – 1925)
(Hobart Town from Bellerive)
Oil on academy board
46.5 x 62 cm
Signed lower left

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17061
Haughton Forrest (1826 – 1925)
(Tasman’s Discovery Ships; the Heemskirk & the Zeehan)
Oil on canvas
51.5 x 80 cm
Signed lower left

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As the 19th century came to a close, Hobart society took on a renewed interest in the early European history of the Tasmanian colony. This interest saw the eminent painter Haughton Forrest’s first forays into historical painting. After exhibiting at the ‘Old Hobart’ exhibition of 1896 with paintings depicting Old Government House, Hobart and Sarah Island, Macquarie Harbour, Forrest turned his hand to the earliest chapter of the island’s European history; the sighting of the west coast of Tasmania by the Dutch explorer Abel Janzoon Tasman (1603 – 1659) in 1642.1

1. Brown, G D (1982), Haughton Forrest 1826 – 1925, Malakoff Fine Art Press, Melbourne