Admired by Tom Roberts and Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh called George John Pinwell a poet who saw the sublime in the most ordinary, commonplace things, and Tom Roberts wrote admiringly of his work 'A seat in St James's Park', now in the Gallery's collection and on display in the 'Victorian watercolours' exhibition.
2 years, 9 months ago, by Peter Raissis
Inside a framing studio
Frames have seldom been paid much attention in art history but they are art’s great scene-setters. A visit to the studio of the Gallery's frame-maker illuminates an art form that lives in the margins.
2 years, 10 months ago, by Sarah Couper
Made for the middle class
When it came to collecting art, the early trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW aimed to follow the cultural standards of the Victorian-era British middle class. Watercolours fulfilled those requirements perfectly.
3 years ago, by Peter Raissis
From inside the asylum
A phantasmagorical image now in the Gallery's collection was made by the artist Charles Altamont Doyle – father of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – during his confinement in the lunatic asylum known as Sunnyside.
3 years, 1 month ago, by Peter Raissis