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Melbourne in art

Tom Roberts

The opening of federal parliament 9 May, 1901

Tom Roberts’ commission to paint the opening of federal parliament was the largest he ever received.

His painting has become an Australian national symbol.

He has depicted the scene in the REB from an imaginary vantage point in the eastern transept.

 

Robert Eagar Taylor-Ghee

View of the city from St Kilda Road ~ 1910

The dome you see in the centre is the REB and the building on the right is Parliament House.

 

John Brack

Collins St, 5p.m. 1955

How cool does this look. cool

One of my favourite Australian paintings.

 

 

Robert Eagar Taylor-Ghee

Spring Street looking north ~ 1920

 

Dora Wilson

Boy with a broom, Collins Street east

 

Len Annois

Friday Night, Bourke Street

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Jon Cattapan

Melbourne Panels (part 1 of a triptych),  2003

 

I love playing spot and name the buildings in these two panels above and below.

All three panels of the triptych can be viewed at NGV Australia, Federation Square.

 

Jon Cattapan

Melbourne Panels (part 3 of a triptych),  2003

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Charles Cogne

Queen’s Wharf, Yarra Yarra. 1864

 

Henry Burn

Swanston Street from Princes Bridge. 1861

 

Frederick McCubbin

Princes Bridge. 1908

 

Louise Forthun

St Kilda Road. 1989

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Laurence Scott Pendlebury

Melbourne Town

 

Jan Senbergs

Melbourne 1998-99

 

Josh Agle (SHAG)

Vinegar Girl, 2002

 

Josh Agle (SHAG)

Icarus over the River Yarra, 2004

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James Cochran

Melbourne Cityscape, 2007

 

The two paintings below are of Frederick McCubbin’s father’s bakery at 165 King Street.

Remind me of something I once saw at Beechworth.

 

Frederick McCubbin

Kitchen at the old King Street bakery, 1884

 

Frederick McCubbin

Girl with a bird at the King Street bakery, 1886

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The ten sketches below are scanned from the book Historical Sketch of Victoria which is a facsimile extract from Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, first published in 1886.

It is interesting to note that back then it was common for artists to draw completed buildings instead of the actual incomplete structures such as St Paul's, Parliament and the GPO.

 

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From The Book of Melbourne and Canberra,

Harold Freedman,  lithographs completed in the years 1962 – 1963.

 

Customs House – Yarra River – Queen’s Bridge

 

Collins Street – From Queen Street

 

Flinders Street – St Paul’s Cathedral

 

Bourke Street – From Parliament House

 

The Yarra River – Looking west from below The Botanical Gardens

 

The Southern Cross Hotel

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How good does Collins Street look in this promotional stamp? cool

 

 

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Mat Davidson 2007

This stylized sketch of Melbourne was created for an Age newspaper article.

Love the fact that at least seven of our modern icons have been featured.

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The next five sketches are from Cedric Emanuel’s Melbourne Sketchbook.

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The next six sketches are from Historic Melbourne sketchbook.

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Melbourne architecture on Met tickets.

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For more art featuring Melbourne, one should visit the

Cowen Gallery at The State Library of Victoria.

The main hall in the Cowen Gallery features views of Victoria and Melbourne, as well as important representations of the exploration and settlement of Australia, these works include historically and culturally significant works such as William Strutt's Black Thursday, 1851 and a colossal head of Lord Melbourne (as seen below). smiley

 

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