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Title

Devil's Coach-house, Fish River Caves

1883

Artist

Lucien Henry

France, Australia

1850 – 1896

Alternate image of Devil's Coach-house, Fish River Caves by Lucien Henry
Alternate image of Devil's Coach-house, Fish River Caves by Lucien Henry
Alternate image of Devil's Coach-house, Fish River Caves by Lucien Henry
Alternate image of Devil's Coach-house, Fish River Caves by Lucien Henry
Alternate image of Devil's Coach-house, Fish River Caves by Lucien Henry
Alternate image of Devil's Coach-house, Fish River Caves by Lucien Henry
Alternate image of Devil's Coach-house, Fish River Caves by Lucien Henry
  • Details

    Other Title
    Devil's coachouse, Fish River Caves
    Date
    1883
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    116.2 x 65.2 cm stretcher; 126.8 x 75.9 x 7.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l. corner, brown oil "HL [monogram]/ .../ 83".

    Credit
    Marshall Bequest Fund 1979
    Location
    Grand Courts
    Accession number
    459.1979
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Lucien Henry

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    'Devil’s Coach-house, Fish River Caves' depicts the Jenolan Caves, located to the west of the Blue Mountains, in Gundungurra Country. Jenolan is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘high place’ and the caves were renamed as such in August 1884. This extensive network of limestone caves belong to the Burra who know them as Binomil or Binoomur. They first came to the attention of colonisers around 1838 through the
    discovery of a large open cavern, now known as the ‘Devil’s Coach-house’.

    At the time of Henry’s painting, the caves had become a popular tourist destination. An 1880 correspondent noted of the caves that ‘this place is most imposing and awe inspiring. One could fancy seeing engraved deeply into the rocks the words “Lasciate ogni Speranza” [abandon all hope], as in Dante’s Inferno’. The theme of the infernal was not lost to Henry, having previously painted Dante’s underworld during his seven-year imprisonment in the French penal colony on Kanak Country in Nouméa, New Caledonia.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 7 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

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