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Title

Historical interior artist’s impression of the central court of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales

20 Nov 1880


Artist

Unknown

Australia


About

The Gallery’s first dedicated building was erected in the Domain in 1879 as a ‘Fine Arts Annexe’ to the Sydney International Exhibition of that year. It was designed by William Wardell, built of timber and about 4000 square metres in size. It contained nine galleries and a corridor. During the International exhibition only part of the Gallery’s collection was exhibited in this building, with galleries also given over to temporary exhibits from Austria, Germany, Great Britain, France and Belgium. When the International exhibition closed, the trustees were successful in having this building entirely dedicated as the “Art Gallery of New South Wales”, despite the efforts of government architect James Barnet to have the annexe demolished and the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales housed in the Garden Palace. The Governor Lord Loftus officially dedicated the building as the “Art Gallery of New South Wales” on 20 September 1880. This wood engraving was made shortly after the opening and published in ‘The Australasian sketcher’ on 20 November 1880.


Details


Other Title

The new art gallery, Sydney


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

20 Nov 1880


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph of a wood engraving


Dimensions

17.0 x 21.8 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

National Art Archive. Art Gallery of New South Wales Institutional archive


Location

Not on display


Accession number

ARC2.1.23


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

595


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney