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Title

Crescent Head and Point Plomer, New South Wales

1891


Artist

BE Minns

Australia

17 Nov 1863 - 21 Feb 1937


About

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


Details


Other Titles

Crescent Head, Point Plomer

Crescent Head and Point Plomer from Port Macquarie


Place where the work was made

Port Macquarie New South Wales Australia


Date

1891


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

pencil, watercolour, white gouache highlights


Dimensions

72.9 x 54.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. corner, brown watercolour "B.E. MINNS/ 1891.".


Credit

Purchased 1892


Location

Not on display


Accession number

27


Artist information

BE Minns

Works in the collection

19


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Grafton Galleries, Exhibition of Australian art in London, London, 1898. cat.no. 174

Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 106, 107 (colour illus.).

Trustees of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australian watercolours from the National Art Gallery collection 1836 to 1946, Sydney, 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, Australian watercolours from the National Art Gallery collection 1836 to 1946, Sydney, 1946. cat.no. 8