Historic Stroud, Port Stephens and Tahlee in Colonial Art

A collection of watercolours, sketches and engravings recently digitised by the State Library of NSW contain a number of interesting art works of church buildings, landscapes and individuals relating to the Hunter Region and beyond.

The title is “Collection of sketches by J. W. Lewin, P. P. King, P. G. King and others, 1793-1850” Compiled in 1972. Catalogue entry is here:
http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=449200#

They include:

17(a). Stroud House, 1850. Watercolour. Unsigned, dated and titled on old mount. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)
17(a). Stroud House, 1850. Watercolour. Unsigned, dated and titled on old mount. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)

17(a). Stroud House, 1850. Watercolour. Unsigned, dated and titled on old mount.

17(b). Stroud Church, ca. 1850. Watercolour. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)
17(b). Stroud Church, ca. 1850. Watercolour. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)

17(b). Stroud Church, ca. 1850. Watercolour. Unsigned, dated from watercolour on the same mount.
On reverse `Stroud Church. Where P. P. McA and G. B. G. King were christened by the Revd. W. Macquarie Cowper’

18. [Pencil sketch of a young man]. Signed `P P K' at lower left. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)
18. [Pencil sketch of a young man]. Signed `P P K’ at lower left. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)

18. [Pencil sketch of a young man]. Signed `P P K’ at lower left.
(i.e., Captain Phillip Parker King, final Australian Agricultural Company Commisioner to live at Tahlee House)

19. Entrance to Port Stephens. Watercolour. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)
19. Entrance to Port Stephens. Watercolour. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)

19. Entrance to Port Stephens. Watercolour. Signed `P. G. King’ at lower left, undated, titled at lower right on old mount.
On reverse of old mount is a print titled `A visit to Greenwich Hospital the painted hall. C. H. Michael del.’

20. Liverpool Plains Warrah [?] Station, Oct 9th/47. Grey wash. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)
20. Liverpool Plains Warrah [?] Station, Oct 9th/47. Grey wash. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)

20. Liverpool Plains Warrah [?] Station, Oct 9th/47. Grey wash. Panorama in two sections.
Unsigned, dated & titled at lower right in pencil. `Liverpool Plains’ in ink beside title.

 

21a. Church in which Capt. Francis Harding was married to Miss Dallas by E. King. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)
21a. Church in which Capt. Francis Harding was married to Miss Dallas by E. King. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)

21a. Church in which Capt. Francis Harding was married to Miss Dallas by E. King.
Pencil. Titled along top edge in pencil.

 

21(b). Stroud, Feb. 2nd. 1840. Pencil and blue wash. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)
21(b). Stroud, Feb. 2nd. 1840. Pencil and blue wash. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)

21(b). Stroud, Feb. 2nd. 1840. Pencil and blue wash. Unsigned, dated and titled at lower left.

22a. Tahlee, Feb. 8th. 1840, Port Stephens. Ink. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)
22a. Tahlee, Feb. 8th. 1840, Port Stephens. Ink. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)

22a. Tahlee, Feb. 8th. 1840, Port Stephens. Ink. Unsigned, dated and titled in ink at lower right.

22c. [Tahlee?] from the water. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)
22c. [Tahlee?] from the water. (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)

22c. [Tahlee?] from the water. Undated. Unsigned. Title, incomplete, in pencil at lower centre.

Two related artworks are also located in separate collections.

1840 Booral Estate (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)
c.1840 Booral Estate (Courtesy of State Library of NSW)

Booral Estate, Booral House on hill circa 1840 by Marion L. A. Ebsworth
Catalogue entry: http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=839878

Item 17: Boorel Port Stephens, ca. 1824-1836 / Robert Hoddle (Courtesy of the State Library of NSW)
Item 17: Boorel Port Stephens, ca. 1824-1836 / Robert Hoddle (Courtesy of the State Library of NSW)

And finally, this early view of the Booral Estate, at Port Stephens, painted by the colonial surveyor, Robert Hoddle is included in pictorial material held in
SERIES 07: George Augustus Robinson pictorial material and realia, ca. 1820-1866

Entry for the item is here:
http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemDetailPaged.aspx?itemID=844748#

Thank you to the State Library of New South Wales for making these regional treasures available to us.

Gionni Di Gravio
University Archivist & Chair, Coal River Working Party


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