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View of The Rocks - Old Sydney (Study for 'The Rocks')

(circa 1886)


Livingston Hopkins

United States of America, Australia

1846 - 1927


Livingston Hopkins was born at Bellefontaine, Ohio, USA. He studied drawing briefly in New York under August Will (1834-1910) and established himself as a cartoonist, engraver and illustrator using the nom de plume 'Hop' in a variety of journals, newspapers and books, including his own 'The comic history of the United States by Livingston Hopkins with seventy-five illustrations from sketches taken at a safe distance by the author' (1876). At the urging of W H Traill of 'The bulletin', he came to Sydney in 1883 as staff artist and stayed to become the best known and most prolific 'Bulletin' cartoonist of the time. He retained his American accent and identity however – according to Frederick D Kersher jnr.: '... Hopkins' pro-American bias always stood out clearly. He delighted in American allusions. He called his den the 'Wigwam'; his close friend Fullwood was known familiarly as 'Uncle Remus', and he in turn as 'an old Puritan'. Neither he nor his wife ever lost their American accents' ('Ohio History', vol. 63, pg. 132). Hopkins introduced etching to a number of artists in Sydney, including Julian Ashton, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, B E Minns and Henry Fullwod. This is a drawing for the etching of the same title, also in the Gallery's collection.

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


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


(circa 1886)

Media category


Materials used

pen and black ink on off-white wove paper, laid on card


25.8 x 17.1 cm image; 30.6 x 22.2 cm sheet

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased 1998


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Livingston Hopkins

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 3 publications


Roger Arthur Butler, Printed images by Australian artists 1885-1955, Canberra, 2007, 12 (colour illus.). Related print titled 'Old Sydney. Cumberland Street, Argyle Cut, Sydney'; Collection of the National Gallery of Australia

Hendrik Kolenberg, 19th century Australian watercolours, drawing and pastels from the Gallery's collection, 'Introduction', pg. 6-16, Sydney, 2005, 15, 77 (colour illus.).

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 25. 8