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"View of the South Entrance into Oyster Bay"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [[between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 18.4 x 30.8 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 11


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Drawing depicting the coastal features at the entrance to Oyster Bay, on the south-east coast of Tasmania. The drawing is composed of horizontal bands of sea, land and sky, with the sea occupying approximately the bottom quarter, the land the next quarter, and the sky the top half. The nearest headland slopes down from the right of the composition and is marked "a" in black ink. It is green and wooded with two conical projections towards the end, and a similarly shaped island to the left of it. On the far side of the entrance to the bay there is a small, low-lying island in front of hills which range in colour from green to blue-grey as they become more distant, all overlaid with darker stippled markings. The sea is represented by a gradated wash of blue through pale yellow and pink, overlaid in the foreground with short grey horizontal brush marks. The sky is stained pink and yellow behind the hills, with unpainted areas and blue washes towards the top. The drawing is framed by a triple-banded border, the central band of which is coloured with a pink wash and inset at the bottom with a plain panel containing the title in black ink.


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