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"A View of the Entrance into Port Jackson Harbour"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 26.4 x 45.2 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 4


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A view of a harbour entrance, with a flag staff alongside a small construction on the headland to the left of the entrance. The coastline recedes in perspective to the left rather than being represented frontally. The northern head, on the right of the composition towards the foreground, has a jagged appearance and is composed of vertical grey and brown brush marks overlaid with brown shading and diagonal lines. There are five rocks in the water to the left of it which are reflected in the sea. In the mid distance there is another headland to the right, an island in the middle of the entrance, and the southerly head and coastline to the left, all coloured grey-green with some white cliffs, and trees visible on the cliff tops. The distant hills are coloured pale blue-grey with some pink patches and overlaid with stippled markings. The sea is represented by a gradated wash of pale blue, through pale pink and yellow to blue, overlaid with grey horizontal brush marks in the foreground. The sky is represented by a gradated wash of blue through pink and pale yellow, to pale pink on the horizon. The drawing is framed by a triple-banded ink border with a panel in the in the central band below the drawing, in which the title is inscribed in brown ink.


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