(Australia 17 Nov 1863–21 Feb 1937)
72.9 x 54.0cm sheet
Benjamin Edwin Minns came to Sydney from Inverell, western New South Wales, as an adolescent. He shared accomodation with Charles Conder in William Street and studied under AJ Daplyn and Julian Ashton. In 1895 he travelled to London, where he lived for twenty years. During this time he worked for London 'Punch' and other magazines, including Sydney's 'Bulletin'. Minns is best known for his humorous outback drawings in the 'Bulletin' and for a remarkable series of early portraits of Aborigines, a number of which are in the Gallery's collection. Minns was much respected for his reserve. In the special 'Art in Australia' issue devoted to him in 1932, MJ McNally wrote:
'Minns expands in his praise of others, but getting him to speak of his own efforts and outlook is like attempting to start a discussion on the Bionomial Theorem with a Baby Austin.'
This watercolour shows Cresent Head in the distance, with Point Plomer in the foreground. Both are promontories on the north coast of New South Wales, just north of Port Macquarie.
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
Hendrik Kolenberg (Netherlands; Australia) (Author), Anne Ryan (Australia) (Author), Patricia James (Author), 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Domain, 2005, 106, 107 (colour illus.).
Trustees of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia), Australian watercolours from the National Art Gallery collection 1836 to 1946, Domain, 1946, 4, 8. cat.no. 8; titled 'Crescent Head and Point Plomer from Port Macquarie'
Trustees of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia), Australian watercolours from the National Art Gallery collection 1836 to 1946, Domain, 1946. cat.no. 8
Grafton Galleries (England) (Author), Exhibition of Australian art in London, London, 1898. cat.no. 174
Watercolour drawings competition - scenery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 24 Nov 1891–01 Jan 1892.
World's Columbian Exposition, 1893, Jackson Park, Chicago, 01 May 1893–30 Oct 1893.
Exhibition of Australian art in London (1898), Grafton Galleries, 02 Apr 1898–31 Jul 1898.
Australian watercolours from the National Art Gallery collection 1836-1946, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 24 May 1946–Jun 1946.
Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection (1991), Art Gallery of New South Wales, 13 Apr 1991–07 Jul 1991.
19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005.