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Crescent Head and Point Plomer, New South Wales



BE Minns


17 Nov 1863 - 21 Feb 1937


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


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



Media category


Materials used

pencil, watercolour, white gouache highlights


72.9 x 54.0 cm sheet

Signature & date

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


Purchased 1892


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

BE Minns

Works in the collection


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history

Referenced in 4 publications


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

Australian watercolours from the National Art Gallery collection 1836 to 1946, Sydney, 1946, 4, 8. 8; titled 'Crescent Head and Point Plomer from Port Macquarie'

Australian watercolours from the National Art Gallery collection 1836 to 1946, Sydney, 1946. 8

Exhibition of Australian art in London, London, 1898. 174