Skip to content

Collection

An image of Study of a dog - opening of Centennial Park by Frank Mahony

Frank Mahony

(Australia, England 1862 – 28 Jun 1916)

Title
Study of a dog - opening of Centennial Park
Other titles:
Study of a dog - opening of Centennial Park, Sydney
Opening of Centennial Park
Place of origin
SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Year
1890
Media category
Watercolour
Materials used
pencil, watercolour, white gouache
Dimensions

39.1 x 26.7 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., mauve watercolour "FRAnk. P. MAHONY/ Jan/90".
Credit
Purchased 1934
Accession number
17
Location
Not on display
Further information

Sydney's Centennial Park opened to the public on Australia Day 1888 as part of the celebrations to mark a hundred years of British settlement. According to the 'Sydney Morning Herald' on 27 January 1888:

'Until yesterday the Centennial Park was, even to Sydney residents, almost a "terra incognita", heard of only dimly, through the occasional reports which have appeared in the press with regard to the progress of the work; but now, for the first time, the public, who after all really pay for the park, have been admitted to full and free possession of their great national property'.

This drawing was once owned by CES Tindall (1863-1951), a watercolourist best remembered fro his marine paintings.

excerpt from Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, '19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels in the Gallery's collection', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005

Bibliography (7)

Jane de Teliga, Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1979, 7.

Hendrik Kolenberg., Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, 'Introduction', Sydney, 1991. not paginated, cat.no. 41; titled 'Study of a dog - opening of Centennial Park, Sydney

Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 96, 97 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Australian images from the past: whether rarely seen or familiar, these works move and delight us', pg. 24-27, Newtown, Apr 2005, 26 (colour illus.).

Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. cat.no. 698

Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. cat.no. 9

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, An historical survey of Australian watercolour painting, Australian Commonwealth Jubilee celebrations 1951, Sydney, 1951. cat.no. 9

Exhibition history (6)

150 years of Australian art (1938), National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jan 1938–25 Apr 1938

An historical survey of Australian watercolour painting:

A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Sep 1953–25 Oct 1953

Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Dec 1979–28 Jan 1980

Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection (1991), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 1991–07 Jul 1991

19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005