Study of a dog - opening of Centennial Park
1862 - 28 Jun 1916
Sydney's Centennial Park opened to the public on Australia Day 1888 as part of the celebrations to mark a hundred years of British settlement. According to the 'Sydney Morning Herald' on 27 January 1888:
'Until yesterday the Centennial Park was, even to Sydney residents, almost a "terra incognita", heard of only dimly, through the occasional reports which have appeared in the press with regard to the progress of the work; but now, for the first time, the public, who after all really pay for the park, have been admitted to full and free possession of their great national property'.
This drawing was once owned by CES Tindall (1863-1951), a watercolourist best remembered fro his marine paintings.
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
Study of a dog - opening of Centennial Park, Sydney
Opening of Centennial Park
pencil, watercolour, white gouache
39.1 x 26.7 cm sheet; frame 63.5 x 48.5 x 3.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., mauve watercolour "FRAnk. P. MAHONY/ Jan/90".
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 7 exhibitions
150 years of Australian art (1938), National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jan 1938–25 Apr 1938
An historical survey of Australian watercolour painting:
- Katoomba Town Hall, Katoomba 06 Mar 1951–20 Mar 1951
- Lithgow Council Chambers, Lithgow 03 Apr 1951–17 Apr 1951
- Cowra Town Hall, Cowra 22 May 1951–05 Jun 1951
- Grenfell Council Chambers, Grenfell 19 Jun 1951–03 Jul 1951
- Young Public Library, Young 14 Aug 1951–28 Aug 1951
- Cootamundra Council Chambers, Cootamundra 18 Sep 1951–02 Oct 1951
- Wagga Wagga Council Chambers, Wagga Wagga 20 Oct 1951–30 Oct 1951
A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Sep 1953–25 Oct 1953
Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Dec 1979–28 Jan 1980
Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection (1991), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 1991–07 Jul 1991
19th century Australian watercolours, drawings & pastels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2005–24 Jul 2005
Best in Show, Orange Regional Gallery, Orange, 09 Apr 2016–03 Jul 2016
Referenced in 7 publications
Jane de Teliga, Australian images: Prints, drawings and watercolours from the collection, Sydney, 1979, 7.
Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Australian images from the past: whether rarely seen or familiar, these works move and delight us', pg. 24-27, Sydney, Apr 2005, 26 (colour illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg, Anne Ryan and Patricia James, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 2005, 96, 97 (colour illus.).
Hendrik Kolenberg., Nineteenth century Australian watercolours from the collection, 'Introduction', Sydney, 1991. not paginated, cat.no. 41; titled 'Study of a dog - opening of Centennial Park, Sydney
Lionel Lindsay, 150 years of Australian art, Sydney, 1938. cat.no. 698
Hal Missingham, A retrospective exhibition of Australian painting, Sydney, 1953. cat.no. 9
National Art Gallery of New South Wales, An historical survey of Australian watercolour painting, Australian Commonwealth Jubilee celebrations 1951, Sydney, 1951. cat.no. 9