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Title

Historical exterior view of the Fine Arts Annexe to the Sydney International exhibition

1879

Artist

Unknown

Australia

  • Details

    Other Title
    Art Gallery exterior view
    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Date
    1879
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    wood engraving, printed in black ink on paper
    Dimensions
    12.5 x 20.0 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
    ARC2.2.1
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Unknown

    Works in the collection

    937

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  • 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. In this wood engraving the dome and towers of the Garden Palace are visible in the background.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Sydney

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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