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  • 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.

    1 year 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.

    1 year, 1 month 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.

    1 year, 3 months 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.

    1 year, 4 months ago, by Peter Raissis