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"A view of Government Farm at Rose Hill, New South Wales 1791"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [1791]
Dimensions: 20 x 30.8 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 18


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View across a river to a group of farm buildings and cultivated land. The river cuts across the composition from the bottom left corner to approximately a third of the way up the right-hand edge. In the foreground, partially hidden by the near-side river bank, there is a small white building with a yellow-ochre roof at right, and slightly left of centre a brick kiln with a plume of smoke rising from it, labelled in brown ink "I". A bridge crosses the river about half-way across the drawing, leading to a closed gate and a track which runs between cultivated fields towards a group of farm buildings. The figure of a man, apparently threshing wheat, can be seen in the open doorway of a barn to the right. The crops in the fields are represented by rows of dots and lines over pale washes of colour. The foliage of a row of trees along the far bank of the river is represented by washes of yellow-green overlaid with horizontal lines and stippled brush marks, and distant woods are similarly represented with grey-green washes and horizontal lines. The drawing is framed by a triple-banded border, the central band of which is coloured with blue wash, and it is annotated below the frame in brown ink.


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