After George William Evans (1780 – 1852)
‘Hobart Town’ c. 1825
Staffordshire earthenware plate with blue and white transfer pattern
23 cm diameter

George William Evans (1780 – 1852) is today best remembered for his role in surveying and exploring the then newly established colonies of New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land. For his efforts in discovering a passage through the Great Dividing Range into the interior of the former colony, he was awarded 1,000 acres in the Coal River Valley, Van Diemen’s Land. In 1825, Evans was appointed Surveyor General of Tasmania, however did not assume office. Outside his surveying work, Evans was also known as an artist of some repute, and in 1822 published A Geographical, Historical and Topographical Description of Van Diemen’s Land.1

This transfer printed Staffordshire plate, produced circa 1825, is based on an image of Hobart town by Evans which served as a frontispiece in his publication. Remaining examples of similar works depicting North American coastal cities identify the piece as one of a set depicting world ports. The piece is considered the earliest depiction of Australia on ceramic.

1. Weatherburn, A K, ‘Evans, George William (1780 – 1852)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University

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Emanuel Phillips Fox (1865 – 1915)
‘Carding the Wool’ c. 1892
Oil on canvas
136 x 88 cm
Signed lower right: ‘E. Phillips Fox’

Ruth Zubans, E. Phillips Fox: His Life and Art (Miegunyah Press, Carlton, Victoria 1995), referenced page 39.

In 1887 Emanuel Phillips Fox left Australia for Europe, where he spent a number of years painting in artists communities in Cornwall, Brittany and Etaples. In 1890 the young artist visited Spain, where, in the Museo de Prado, Madrid, he studied the work of Diego Velázquez (1599–1660), which inspired a number of dark tonal works after the master, including a copy of Velázquez’s Los Borrachos, painted in 1891, which was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria two years later. ‘Carding the Wool’ takes its inspiration from Velázquez’s Las Hilanderas.

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

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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

Haughton Forrest (1826 – 1925)
‘Ramsgate Pilot to the Rescue’
Oil on canvas
66 x 166 cm

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