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Title

Lighthouse, Baranjoey [sic.]


Artist

John Paine

England, Australia

1834 - 1915


About

The lighthouse at Barrenjoey, north of Sydney near Palm Beach, was completed in 1881. This photograph was probably taken not long after its opening, as it shows the stonemasons and other workmen who constructed the tower and possibly the first keeper James Steere, standing near the lantern, looking out to sea through a telescope. Paine’s black-and-white photograph manages to capture the fine quality of Hawkesbury sandstone out of which the lighthouse was made and which was frequently remarked upon in the press at the time. Although lighthouses – remote and elegant human edifices battling the forces of nature – have traditionally appealed to artists, this particular photograph seems to have a more prosaic aim. It is a record of growth and progress; of a sure control extended over the landscape by Australia’s new inhabitants.

© Art Gallery of New South Wales Photography Collection Handbook, 2007


Details


Date

1881-1882


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

albumen photograph


Dimensions

28.8 x 24.7 cm image/sheet; 31.8 x 27.5 cm card


Signature & date

Signed l.l. original mount, pencil "J.P.". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1989


Location

Not on display


Accession number

216.1989


Artist information

John Paine

Works in the collection

3


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Josef Lebovic Gallery and Helen Ennis, Masterpieces of Australian Photography, Sydney, 1989, 110, 111 (illus.). catalogue no: 193

Steven Miller, Photography: Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection, 'In every house, and in every tent', pg.33-51, Sydney, 2007, 44 (illus.).