William Charles Piguenit (1836 – 1914)
‘Shades of Evening’
Oil on academy board
37 x 56 cm
Signed lower left: ‘W. C. Piguenit’
The colony’s first Australian born landscape artist of note, William Charles Piguenit (1836 – 1914), is known for his scenes of mountains, rivers and lakes, capturing the topography of Tasmania in colonial times.
Born in Hobart in 1836, Piguenit was the son of a convict, Frederick Le Geyt Piguenit, who was transported in 1830. Piguenit joined the Lands and Survey Department as a draughtsman in 1850, where he worked for the next 23 years. Despite leaving the Department to focus on his painting, Piguenit’s background in surveying continued to influence his art, and throughout his artistic career he took part in a number of treks through Tasmanian wilderness areas, producing sketches of remote scenery which he later developed into larger paintings. This painting depicts the colonial homestead ‘Mount Pleasant’, on the Eastern Shore of the River Derwent.