Specialists in Fine Australian Art. Established 1975
20064 Thomas Robertson ( 1819 – 1875) “Aurora Navigating the Ice Flows” 1857 Oil on canvas 69 x 102 cm Signed & dated lower left: “T Robertson 1857′
Provenance: Private collection, Melbourne, c. 1920 Thence by descent Sotheby’s Melbourne, 21st August 1995, cat. no. 64 Private collection
Thomas Robertson (1819 – 1875) combined his career as a painter with that of captaining the ship Lady Bird, operating between Launceston and Melbourne during the 1850s. In 1856 he was described by The Hobart Town Courier as ‘one of the best marine painters in the Australian colonies’1 This painting depicts the barque Aurora rounding Cape Horn following its journey from Southhampton to Port Adelaide in 1856, under Captain Valentine Ryan.
1. Kerr, J (1992), Dictionary of Australian Artists: Painters, Sketchers, Photographers and Engravers to 1870, Oxford University Press, Melbourne
20049 Thomas Bock (1790 – 1855) Portrait of Mr T. D. Chapman (1815 – 1884) Crayon and Chinese white on paper 32 x 26.5 cm (sight)
Exhibited: ‘Thomas Bock: Convict Engraver Society Portraitist’, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, 1991, cat. no. 79
Much of the early art of the colony was created by convicts who have left legacies far beyond their low standing. Among the earliest of these artists was Thomas Bock (1790 – 1855), who was transported to Hobart Town in 1824. After his pardon, he established himself as a portraitist, producing images of many of the colonial elite.
17061 Haughton Forrest (1826 – 1925) (Tasman’s Discovery Ships; the Heemskirk & the Zeehan) Oil on canvas 51.5 x 80 cm Signed lower left
After an early life spent painting between military life and extensive travel between Europe, Jamaica and Brazil, Haughton Forrest (1826 – 1925) emigrated from Britain to Tasmania in 1876. He painted prolifically after his arrival, becoming known for his meticulous paintings of Tasmanian maritime scenes and wilderness landscapes.
With the renewed interest in the early days of the colony in the late 19th century came 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
20046 Haughton Forrest (1826 – 1925) “Yacht ‘Tartar’ off Mumbles Light” Oil on academy board 31 x 46.5 cm Signed lower left: ‘HForrest’
20017 Thomas Bock (1790 – 1855) ‘R V Hood’ c. 1839 Pencil watercolour and Chinese white on paper 25.5 x 20.4 cm Signed lower right
19101 John Glover (1767 – 1849) (An Italianate Classical Landscape) Oil on canvas 75 x 114 cm
Provenance: Collection of Angela Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett -Coutts Private collection, South Africa
Regarded as ‘the Father of Australian Landscape Painting’, John Glover emigrated to Van Diemen’s Land in 1831. While he is now best known for his depictions of the Tasmanian landscape, prior to his departure from England he enjoyed a long and successful career as a painter of classical and picturesque views, and continued to paint European subject matter after his arrival in Van Diemen’s Land in 1831.