Robert Hoddle and nineteenth-century genre painting.Introduction
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Hoddle was born in Westminster, London, the son of a clerk of the Bank of England. Dec. 1845 near Source of the Yarra Yarra Yarra Yarra are an Indigenous Australian tribe from Melbourne in Australia. River Starvation Creek. This title is painted on the back of the canvas in a contemporary hand, and the front is signed and dated 'Henry Short 1860'.
This is a curious work, an historical painting of an event which had taken place fifteen years earlier. History painting was a genre used by artists throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to commemorate and dramatize dram·a·tize
v. dram·a·tized, dram·a·tiz·ing, dram·a·tiz·es
1. To adapt (a literary work) for dramatic presentation, as in a theater or on television or radio.
2. scenes of national triumph. These were 'message' paintings, with a high moral tone, because the works were mainly painted as commissions for official patrons and intended for official display. (1)
Professional artists working in colonial Australia were familiar with this genre. Some of the historical subjects that colonial artists considered worth memorialising in the 1860s included the landing of the first white settlers in Melbourne, the 'treaty' of John Batman John Batman (born 21 January 1801 - 5 May 1839) was an Australian farmer and businessman who was one of the first settlers of the Melbourne area and known for founding Victoria. with the Aboriginal people, and the meeting of William Buckley William Buckley may refer to:
In the 1860s, landscape painting dominated the subject matter of colonial artists. (2) Many of these paintings could more properly be referred to as 'historical landscape painting' where the two genres have been blurred together. The landscape dominates the historical events occurring in the picture, or the landscape itself becomes the historical subject, as a grand and dramatic vision or an arcadian pastoral. Colonial artists in America used the landscape in the same fashion, thus aspiring to have their landscape painting recognized with the same significance as historical painting. (3)
The concept of artists depicting events they cannot have witnessed was a more widely embraced idea before the advent of photography and the development of the modern perception of images as 'witness' to the actual event. Artists painting historical subjects often attempted to give accuracy to their work by using contemporary sketches if these existed. However, at best, these works should always be acknowledged as being based on first hand sources and not as documentary representations. The paucity pau·ci·ty
1. Smallness of number; fewness.
2. Scarcity; dearth: a paucity of natural resources. of contemporary visual records from Victoria's early colonial period Colonial Period may generally refer to any period in a country's history when it was subject to administration by a colonial power.
Henry Short was a minor artist working in Melbourne in the 1850s, mainly known for his paintings of still life arrangements of flowers and fruit. His best work is his memorial painting to the Burke and Wills expedition In 1860-61 Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills led an expedition of 19 men with the intention of crossing Australia from Melbourne in the south to the Gulf of Carpentaria in the north, a distance of around 2,800 kilometres (≈1,750 miles). , the curious Our Adopted Country. To the Memory of the Lamented Heroes of the Victorian Exploration 1861, a commemoration of the tragic Burke and Wills expedition, which is also in the La Trobe Picture Collection.
It was the association with Robert Hoddle (1794-1881), however fanciful, which interested the Library to purchase another work by Short. Robert Hoddle was the first Surveyor-General of Victoria and a major figure in the early colony. Hoddle himself was a competent draughtsman and his pencil and water-colour drawings of his field trips in early Victoria are considered to provide contemporary records of the late 1830s and 1840s in the colony. (5)
The work of Henry Short
Henry Short (1807-1865) arrived in Melbourne with his family in the great wave of migration associated with the discovery of gold in the 1850s. It is most likely after the family arrived in 1852 that they went to the gold diggings the places, or region, where gold is found by digging in sand and gravel from which it is separated by washing.
See also: Gold , but within two years they were living in Melbourne and both Henry and his eldest son William were exhibiting their paintings for sale.
The family fortune did not improve from mining, so Henry returned to his previous profession as a painter. In the young colony this must have been a brave, almost foolhardy fool·har·dy
adj. fool·har·di·er, fool·har·di·est
Unwisely bold or venturesome; rash. See Synonyms at reckless.
[Middle English folhardi, from Old French fol hardi : , undertaking. Contemporary artists and critics all comment on the lack of art patrons and the 'slender demand for art'. (6)
To support his career, Short appears to have made use of the commercial opportunities available to him. He exhibited his work at all available public forums, and sought patronage from official figures. When his works failed to sell at public art exhibitions, he organised to dispose of To determine the fate of; to exercise the power of control over; to fix the condition, application, employment, etc. of; to direct or assign for a use.
See also: Dispose them by art unions.
In 1854 he offered two oil paintings for sale at the Melbourne Exhibition held in conjunction with the 1855 Paris Universal Exhibition. The two works are listed as The Bather and The Lucky Gold Digger, both in keeping with the theme of the exhibition as a celebration of the talents of the colony. The Bather is described as being 'framed in New South Wales New South Wales, state (1991 pop. 5,164,549), 309,443 sq mi (801,457 sq km), SE Australia. It is bounded on the E by the Pacific Ocean. Sydney is the capital. The other principal urban centers are Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, Lismore, Wollongong, and Broken Hill. cedar', while the title of The Lucky Gold Digger alone indicates the celebratory colonial nature of the work.
Short exhibited six works at the 1856 Victorian Exhibition of Art. Five paintings are listed in the colonial art section. Their subjects are fruits and flowers with such titles as Basket of Flowers and Fruit in an Australian November and Colonial Fruits and Flowers in January with a quotation from the English poet Spenser attached: 'There is a continual harvest here.' Another work listed in the catalogue and shown in the Crimean gallery, was Portrait of a Digger, which is possibly the work previously exhibited in 1854 as The Lucky Gold Digger.
Short's flower pieces A table ornament made of cut flowers.
(Fine Arts) A picture of flowers.
See also: Flower Flower and still life designs were favourably received, and doubtless he received some patronage from Melbourne society. For example, one of the works in the 1856 catalogue, Australian Beauties in February, is listed as being 'From the Collection of Professor McCoy', the Director of the Museum of Victoria at that time.
Short exhibited three works in the 'First Exhibition of the Victorian Society of Fine Arts' held 1857. Uncharacteristically un·char·ac·ter·is·tic
Unusual or atypical: an uncharacteristic display of anger.
un , two works are titled briefly in the catalogue as Fruit Piece, and the third, Gatherings in May. There was extensive press coverage of this exhibition, but the mention of Short's work was as brief as his titles. In the closing notice of the exhibition, the critic for the Argus noted 'With regard to the oil-paintings and water-colour drawings not hitherto noticed: we may allude in terms of commendation COMMENDATION. The act of recommending, praising. A merchant who merely commends goods he offers for sale, does not by that act warrant them, unless there is some fraud: simplex commendatio non obligat. to some of Mr. Clarke's (sic) contributions, the flower-pieces of Mr. Short, Mr. C Mr C (aka Mr. Chuggs, born Richard West on January 2 1964) is a British DJ, musician and rapper. Best known for fronting The Shamen during their most commercially successful era, Mr C is also an acclaimed house music DJ and co-owner/co-founder of London's The End nightclub . Norton's 'Victorian Insects'. (7)
Short contributed to the regular Fine Arts Exhibitions held at Charles Summers' studio from 1860. In 1861 he donated one of his own works to the Trustees of the Public Library for inclusion in the Museum of Art. This attractive still life painting Fish, Fruit and Flowers, is now part of the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. Donation of works--by artists themselves or by patrons--was virtually the only means by which colonial artists could have their work included in the new gallery. After its formation in the 1860s, the trustees bought only a five works by colonial artists in this decade?
In common with many artists, Short was struggling to find a market for his work in the colony. In 1858 three of his paintings were included in the prizes for the Ballarat Art Union. Their titles were Civilization, Contemplation and Beauties of Australia. (9) The art union, which was in reality a raffle, was the 'device frequently resorted to by colonial artists with unsold works'. (10)
In May 1862 Short organised an art union for three of his paintings. This was advertised in the Argus as 'Art Union--Explorers Immortalized, Men and Produce of Victoria' and as being "Under His Excellency's Patronage". Short had written personally to Governor Sir Henry Barkly Sir Henry Barkly GCMG KCB FRS (24 February 1815 – 20 October 1898) was a British politician and patron of the sciences.
Barkly was born in Monteagle, Rossshire, Scotland. He trained for commerce and follwed a business career before commencing his political career. asking for his support with the art union, and was no doubt gratified grat·i·fy
tr.v. grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing, grat·i·fies
1. To please or satisfy: His achievement gratified his father. See Synonyms at please.
2. when the Governor accepted to take two shares at a total cost of two guineas. (11)
The major prize in the art union was his memorial painting to the Burke and Wills expedition, Our Adopted Country. To the Memory of the Lamented Heroes of the Victorian Exploration 1861. Short's choice of subject matter would appear shrewd, as Melbourne was enthralled en·thrall
tr.v. en·thralled, en·thrall·ing, en·thralls
1. To hold spellbound; captivate: The magic show enthralled the audience.
2. To enslave. by news of the expedition and by its tragic ending. However, many other colonial artists were also producing historical pictures depicting the expedition itself, or tragic aspects of its demise. None of these early works, by artists such as Henricus van den Houten or William Strutt
William Strutt (3 July 1825 – 3 January 1915) was an English artist.
Strutt was born in Teignmouth, Devon, England, and came from a family of artists, his grandfather, Joseph Strutt, was a , appear to have found a ready market. (12)
Short's forte is acknowledged to be still life painting in a seventeenth century Dutch style. (13) He also created figure paintings, such as The Bather. However, in 1860 he made a departure from his standard subject matter and exhibited a landscape painting in the Victorian Exhibition of Fine Arts at Charles Summers' studio titled Shoalhaven Gullies. The following year, 1861, he exhibited two more landscapes, Kangaroo kangaroo, name for a variety of hopping marsupials, or pouched mammals, of the family Macropodidae, found in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. The term is applied especially to the large kangaroos of the genus Macropus. Ground between Bong Bong and Illawarra NSW NSW New South Wales
Noun 1. NSW - the agency that provides units to conduct unconventional and counter-guerilla warfare
Naval Special Warfare and Native Mia Mia Encampment, NSW, as well as three still life works in his typical style.
The critics were scathing of his foray into Verb 1. foray into - enter someone else's territory and take spoils; "The pirates raided the coastal villages regularly"
encroach upon, intrude on, obtrude upon, invade - to intrude upon, infringe, encroach on, violate; "This new colleague invades my landscape painting. One of them wrote of his entry in the 1860 exhibition:
Mr. H. Short, sen., is represented by one picture. If the rest of his works at all resemble this one of "Shoalhaven Gullies," it is fortunate for the public that Mr. Short has limited himself to one specimen. (14)
The reviews of the following year's exhibitions were only marginally kinder.
Mr. Short, senr., confirms some previously expressed opinions, that his is able to paint flowers and still life with tolerable accuracy, but that his attempts at landscape are purely detestable. (13) The two pictures by Mr. H. Short, sen., of "Fish" and "Fruit" are admirable examples of still life. They are manifestly copied from nature with the most careful exactness: the grouping is very tasteful, and the composition harmonious. It is a pity this gentleman ever permits himself to wander into landscape, which is entirely out of his province. His "Sunrise, Kangaroo Ground," is singularly illustrative of how far a painter, having succeeded in one branch of Art, may fail most signally in another. (14)
The notice announcing the opening of the 1861 Victorian Art Exhibition in the Age was altogether kinder, making mention first of the works of Mr E. Von (sic) Guerard who was exhibiting ten works, and Mr N. Chevalier, exhibiting nine works. The reviewer then comments on other works:
Mr H. Short, sen., contributes an excellent sketch of a native mia-mia encampment in New South Wales and a few other carefully finished views of Australian bush scenery; and Mr W. Short, a capital painting of the Yarra Bend as seen from Studley Park. (17)
In 1862 Short made his final entry in the Fine Arts Exhibitions where he exhibited works from all his genres. There was a botanical piece titled Flowers from the Botanical Gardens A botanical garden is a place where plants, especially ferns, conifers and flowering plants, are grown and displayed for the purposes of research, conservation, and education. , Melbourne, another landscape painting titled The Source of the Yarra Yarra and two other works titled Shnappers and Fish Hot. The critic for the Age commented:
Mr Short, sen, has a fairly grouped and painted flower piece, No. 52. His "Schnapper (sic)," No 16, shows artistic work that would have been much better bestowed on a less ugly fish. We cannot honestly award much praise to his "Fish, Ho!" No 58; the fish being much better an artistic work than the fish-seller--a rather too ideal representation of the ungentle craft. (16)
This reviewer obviously found the landscape, The Source of the Yarra Yarra, beneath mention. This landscape work is the work recently purchased by the Picture Collection, albeit with one of Short's typically expanded titles. It is true this is not a great work. In this painting, the artist has depicted the surveyor sitting on a rock sketching, while other members of the party make camp around him. The initials 'RH 1845' are blazed into a prominent tree in the foreground. A river, dense forest with tree ferns tree fern, any fern having a treelike trunk. Sometimes other similar primitive plants are also called tree fern, e.g., species of cycad.
tree fern and a waterfall fill the background of the painting. The figures are poorly defined and the landscape depicts a dark and gloomy waterfall with trees looming over the edge of the ravine.
It is puzzling that Short gives so exact a title to the work, Robert Hoddle Dec. 1845 near Source of the Yarra Yarra River Starvation Creek. Starvation Creek is a tributary of the Yarra River The Yarra River is a river in southern Victoria, Australia. It is the river on which the city of Melbourne was founded. Origins of the name Yarra
The river was called Birrarung by the Wurundjeri people who occupied the Yarra valley prior to British settlement. near Warburton, and Hoddle was there in December 1844, not 1845. A list of waterfalls in the Upper Yarra Valley The Yarra Valley is the name given to the region surrounding the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia. The river originates in the Yarra Ranges approximately 60 kilometres east of Melbourne and flows towards and into the city of Melbourne and out into Port Phillip Bay. includes a set of falls on Starvation Creek, but it is not large enough to be marked on topographical maps See under Cadastral. - Topographical surveying. See under Surveying.
See also: Topographic . (19)
Robert Hoddle and the Yarra
Robert Hoddle (1794-1881) spent the summer of 1844-45 in the Upper Yarra region of Victoria completing the survey of the Yarra River with the aim of finding its 'source'. His travels were hampered by wet weather and problems with staff and equipment. In his field book he describes a tributary of the Yarra as Starvation Creek because of lack of feed for his stock. On 21 December 1844 he notes in his field book: 'Removing Camp back to pasture, the Horses and Bullocks being without food for two nights'. (20)
After a quick trip back to Melbourne for Christmas Day, Hoddle pushed on up the Yarra for the rest of the summer. His field book of 31 March 1845 marks a 'Water Fall' on a 'branch of Yarra'. It is most probably the main drop and cascade now known as Main Falls and the Five Falls on the aptly named Falls Creek Falls Creek is the name of a number of places
It may contain one or more tourist attractions or visitor attractions and possibly some "tourist traps". in the 1930s, but the area is now managed by Melbourne Water Melbourne Water is the organisation that controls much of the water system in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia including the city's reservoirs, sewerage and drainage system. Melbourne Water is wholly owned by the Victorian state Government. as part of the Upper Yarra catchment area catchment area or drainage basin, area drained by a stream or other body of water. The limits of a given catchment area are the heights of land—often called drainage divides, or watersheds—separating it from neighboring drainage and all access is understandably restricted. (21)
Access to the terrain in the Upper Yarra catchment area has not improved since Hoddle's time. In the 1930s when tourists could walk in to view the falls, access was from the ridge above the falls via a zigzag track descending to them. A contemporary guide book noted: 'The gorge in which the falls are situated was referred to as a "Black Hole" by early prospectors as it was so steep that the falls could be heard but were hard to see or gain access to, only a few bushmen and surveyors were aware of the secret.' (22)
Field work to examine the site of the falls and to compare it with Short's view is not an option. In 2004, I had the good fortune to visit the upper part of this falls system, the Five Falls Cascade, as a guest of Melbourne Water. Access to the top falls was possible, but to walk into the lower falls The Lower Falls area is located just to the east of Canyon Village in Yellowstone National Park. A one-way loop drive takes you to the brink of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and offers four views, with the last stop at the trail that leads to the top of the Falls. would take over a day's travel. To preserve the pristine nature of the water catchment area, overnight trips are not permitted. (23)
It is thus an academic fancy to wish to contemplate the real falls and compare them with Short's 'historical' version of the area. In choosing this particular historical moment to paint, Short was memorialising the work of Robert Hoddle as surveyor, and he chose a seminal moment, that time when Hoddle was actually at the source of the Yarra River, the lifeblood life·blood
1. Blood regarded as essential for life.
2. An indispensable or vital part: Capable workers are the lifeblood of the business. of Melbourne.
It is most unlikely that Short visited any of the landscapes he chose to paint. His entry in The Dictionary of Australian Artists List of Australian artists (or painters) (See also Art of Australia)
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It is interesting that Henry Short did not choose to paint the environs of Melbourne, such as Dight's Falls or the Yarra River, which would have been accessible to him and were painted by so many of his contemporary artists. His son, William Short William Short can refer to:
As the art historian and curator Jennifer Phipps has commented: 'Short tended to give his paintings high sounding titles'. (25) While there is a romanticism romanticism, term loosely applied to literary and artistic movements of the late 18th and 19th cent. Characteristics of Romanticism
Resulting in part from the libertarian and egalitarian ideals of the French Revolution, the romantic movements had and idealism in the titles of his carefully composed still life paintings, they are meticulously realistic, however fanciful the overall composition. This romanticism is evident in the composition of his memorial to the Burke and Wills expedition. It is composed as an allegory allegory, in literature, symbolic story that serves as a disguised representation for meanings other than those indicated on the surface. The characters in an allegory often have no individual personality, but are embodiments of moral qualities and other abstractions. , a genre rarely used in colonial painting. (26)
Robert Hoddle's Influence on Colonial Artists
As previously mentioned, Hoddle himself was a competent draughtsman, and his sketches and water-colour paintings showing scenes from his surveying journeys and other travels in New South Wales and Victoria are held by National and State collections.
Hoddle spent the long years of his retirement from 1853 to his death in 1881 at a house on the corner of Bourke and Spencer Streets with his much younger second wife, Fanny, and family. Hoddle was in effect an elder statesmen of the colony, and his astute involvement in land sales in the developing city meant that he was a comparatively wealthy man. Hoddle had always valued intellectual pursuits, in his retirement 'he played the organ and flute, and made translations from the Spanish'. (27) He also added an east wing to the house for his library and picture collection and to display his collection of historical treasures. (28)
The full scale of his library and collection of painting and objets d'art will probably never be known. A sense of it can be understood from the listing from the sale held by auctioneer Leonard Joel in 1960 on behalf of the Sage family, to whom the bulk of Hoddle's effects had passed after his death and his wife's remarriage Re`mar´riage
n. 1. A second or repeated marriage.
Noun 1. remarriage - the act of marrying again . (29) The sale notes a number of watercolours by Robert Hoddle himself, an 'Oil painting by J. Clarke (sic) from a drawing of Robert Hoddle', at least two oil paintings and a water colour by 'Henry Gritton (sic)', and a number other works listed as 'interesting old oil painting'.
Despite obvious typographical ty·pog·ra·phy
n. pl. ty·pog·ra·phies
a. The art and technique of printing with movable type.
b. The composition of printed material from movable type.
2. or transcription errors A transcription error is a specific type of data entry error that is commonly made by human operators or by optical character recognition programs (OCR). Human transcription errors are commonly the result of typographical mistakes, putting fingers in the wrong place during touch it would appear that Hoddle owned works by colonial artists such as Thomas Clark Thomas Clark is the name of a number of notable people:
Gritten was the son of a London picture dealer, was born probably in 1817. He studied art and was on friendly terms with David Roberts and other leading artists of the period. (1818-1873). As has been described, artists took the subject of some of their oil paintings from Hoddle sketches. Two works by Henry Gritten known to have been based on Hoddle sketches are Shoalhaven Gullies, 1870, in the La Trobe Picture Collection, and Kiarna Illawara N.S.W', 1860, in the National Library of Australia The National Library of Australia is located in Canberra, Australia. Established in 1960, the Library grew out of the Federal Parliamentary Library, which was established in 1901. Collection. The painting of Kiama is inscribed in·scribe
tr.v. in·scribed, in·scrib·ing, in·scribes
a. To write, print, carve, or engrave (words or letters) on or in a surface.
b. To mark or engrave (a surface) with words or letters. 'Kiama Illawarra NSW / Sketched by R Hoddle 1830'. (30)
In a letter to the Victorian Academy of Arts in 1870 Henry Gritten notes that of the two works he sends to that to that year's exhibition, View of Melbourne from the Botanical Gardens was 'The property of Robt Hoddle Esq'. (31)
A pair of works by Thomas Clark in the State Library of New South Wales The State Library of New South Wales is a large public library owned by the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located in Macquarie Street, Sydney near Shakespeare Place.
The public library started as the 'Australian Subscription Library' in 1826. collection are unidentified landscape pictures, both inscribed 'From a drawing by R. Hoddle Esq.' (32) The works are undated un·dat·ed
1. Not marked with or showing a date: an undated letter; an undated portrait.
2. and show topographical views of coastal or tableland scenery, with figures in the foreground. They are very reminiscent of sketches done by Hoddle on his survey trips in the southern tablelands The Southern Tablelands is a geographic area of the State of New South Wales, Australia. This area is located west of the Great Dividing Range and includes the towns of Yass, Crookwell and Boorowa. and south coast of New South Wales.
Included in a group of water colours by Robert Hoddle recently purchased by the State Library of Victoria was a watercolour watercolour
Painting made with a pigment ground in gum, usually gum arabic, and applied with brush and water to a surface, usually paper. The pigment is ordinarily transparent but can be made opaque by mixing with a whiting to produce gouache. by Thomas Clark inscribed Sealers Cove, Wilsons Promontory Wilsons Promontory is a peninsula that forms the southernmost part of the Australian mainland and is located at . South Point is the southernmost tip of Wilsons Promontory and hence of mainland Australia. by Robert Hoddle Painted by Thomas Clark 1861. The provenance prov·e·nance
1. Place of origin; derivation.
2. Proof of authenticity or of past ownership. Used of art works and antiques. of this group of pictures makes it most likely they were once owned by Robert Hoddle.
No record of Robert Hoddle exhibiting his own watercolours or drawings during his lifetime has been located. However, it appears that he made his own sketches available to artists, and he may have taken a personal interest in their careers.
To date there is no evidence to confirm that Hoddle commissioned artists to paint views after his own sketches. As at least three artists are known to have based work after Hoddle's own sketches, they may have fostered his patronage by using them, or they might simply have used his work to provide accuracy in the images they were painting.
As the art historian Tim Bonyhady discusses in Images in Opposition: Australian Landscape Painting 1801-1890, the colonial art market was affected by the colonists' preference for European art and 'restricted them to subjects with which European artists could not compete, most notably portraits and landscape paintings'. (33)
But how were artists to get out to view this landscape? Both Clark and Gritten painted the urban fringes of Melbourne or views of the city. These showed the landscape they could access with ease. Favourite subjects included views of the outskirts of Melbourne, such as St Kilda St Kilda may mean:
Dights Falls (pronounced 'dytes falls') is located in Melbourne, Victoria just downstream of the junction of the Yarra River with Merri Creek. .
Gritten had neither the financial ability nor the good health to undertake the arduous sketching trips. When an engraving engraving, in its broadest sense, the art of cutting lines in metal, wood, or other material either for decoration or for reproduction through printing. In its narrowest sense, it is an intaglio printing process in which the lines are cut in a metal plate with a based on his View on the Merri Creek was published in the Illustrated Melbourne Post the paper commented: 'Mr Henry Gritten, is especially happy in his treatment of Victorian scenery, and were he to go a little further afield in his choice of subjects might rival the fame of Von (sic) Guerard and Chevalier.' (34)
The work of von Guerard (1811-1901) and Chevalier (1828-1902) featured prominently in the landscape genre during the fine arts exhibitions of the 1860s. Their names dominate the exhibition catalogues both by the numbers of works they exhibited, but undoubtedly in the quality of their work as well. Both had travelled with government geophysicist Georg Neumayer on expeditions in Victoria during the early 1860s. They used the sketches they had made in the field for their landscape works. However, both artists found the journeys involved considerable physical hardship and discomfort. (35)
Such heroic example could not have been followed by Short, Gritten or Clark, all of whom lacked the financial backing and robust health necessary for arduous trips. Clark did make sketching tours of the Western District of Victoria and painted views of the Wannon Falls, which were easily accessible from the road. (36)
When examined together, the titles of Henry Short's known landscapes, Shoalhaven Gullies, Sunrise Kangaroo Ground between Bong Bong and Illawarra NSW, Robert Hoddle Dec. 1845 near Source of the Yarra Yarra River Starvation Creek and even Native Mia Mia Encampment, NSW, are all suggestive of suggestive of Decision making adjective Referring to a pattern by LM or imaging, that the interpreter associates with a particular–usually malignant lesion. See Aunt Millie approach, Defensive medicine. the titles inscribed by Robert Hoddle on his own watercolours.
It seems likely Short painted these works based on field sketches or water-colours by Hoddle. The State Library of New South Wales collection has two watercolours by Hoddle showing waterfalls. One is positively identified in Hoddle's hand as 'Ginninginninderry Water Fall near the Murrumbidgee 1835', the other work is untititled but dated 1845. (37) It is entirely speculation to consider that this unidentified waterfall sketch could have been used as the basis of Short's picture. However, there are some compositional similarities: in both, the surveyor is seated in the foreground; an 'RH 1845' is prominently blazed on the large tree to the right; a large waterfall is prominent in the background. In the watercolour, the surveyor is seated in the foreground; however the figure is not shown sketching but is seated at the entrance to his tent and has a dog at his side. As in Short's painting, tree ferns are prominent vegetation at the base of the waterfall.
In the evidence to hand it appears that painters unable to access remote landscapes or wishing to use the historical painting genre used first-hand witnesses, such as Hoddle, to provide some factual basis for their own interpretations. Gritten took this process even further and is credited with being the first colonial painter to use a landscape photograph for his painting Granite Boulders at the Black Hills near Kyneton, 1867.38
One has to feel for Henry Short. He emigrated with his family to a land of promise and appears to have found nothing but hard toil. His talents were best suited to salon and still-life paintings still-life painting
Depiction of inanimate objects for the sake of their qualities of form, colour, texture, composition, and sometimes allegorical or symbolical significance. Still lifes were painted in ancient Greece and Rome. . His shift to landscape painting and historical works was a vain attempt to produce what the colonial market wanted. Despite his best endeavours to cater for public interest, his work was not greatly successful. It is true his talents were modest, and much of his work derivative. However, historical painting, due to its inspirational and educative ed·u·ca·tive
Adj. 1. educative - resulting in education; "an educative experience"
instructive, informative - serving to instruct or enlighten or inform role, is best suited as public art. (39) In this context, it is interesting to note that Short's gamble in memorialising a great moment in the history of the colony--the location of the source of the Yarra River--has finally come to fruition and his work is now part of the national heritage in the State Library of Victoria collection.
(1.) William H. Gerdts and Mark Thistlethwiaite, Grand Illusions: History Painting in America, Fort Worth, Tex., Amon Carter Museum The Amon Carter Museum is located in Fort Worth, Texas. It was established by the generosity of Amon G. Carter to house his collection of paintings and sculpture by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. When the museum opened in 1961, its first director, Mitchell A. , 1999, p. 7.
(2.) Tim Bonyhady, Images in Opposition: Australian Landscape painting 1801-1890, Melbourne, Oxford university Press, 1985, p.76.
(3.) William H. Gerdts and Mark Thistlethwiaite, Grand Illusions: History Painting in America, Fort Worth, Tex., Amon Carter Museum, 1999, p. 68.
(4.) Christine Downer down·er
A depressant or sedative drug, such as a barbiturate or tranquilizer. and Jennifer Phipps, Victorian vision, 1834 onwards, National Gallery of Vicctoria, Melbourne 1985, p. 7.
(5.) Christine Downer and Jennifer Phipps, Victorian vision, 1834 onwards, National Gallery of Vicctoria, Melbourne 1985, p.8.
(6.) William Strutt, The Australian Journal of William Strutt, edited by George Mackaness, Dubbo N.S.W., Review Publications, 1979. Volume 11, p. 24.
(7.) Argus, 18 December 1857, p. 5.
(8.) Tim Bonyhady, Images in Opposition: Australian Landscape painting 1801-1890, Melbourne, Oxford university Press, 1985, P. 2.
(9.) Star, Ballarat. 1 April 1858, p. 3.
10. Tim Bonyhady, Burke and Wills: from Melbourne to Myth. Balmain N.S.W., David Ell Press Pty Ltd PTY LTD Propriety Limited (company structure in Australia) , 1991, p. 192
(11.) Public Record Office of Victoria, The inward correspondence of Sir Henry Barkleyfor 1862, L to Z. VPRS VPRS Voice Portal Reference System
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VPRS Velocity/Positioning Recording System 1096 box 13.
(12.) Tim Bonyhady, Burke and Wills: From Melbourne to Myth. Bahnain N.S.W., David Ell Press Pty Ltd, 1991, p. 192.
(13.) Joan Kerr, Dictionary of Australian Artists: Painters, Sketchers, Photographers and Engravers to 1870, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1992, pp. 722-724
(14.) Examiner and Melbourne Weekly News, 15 December 1860, p. 8.
(15.) Illustrated Melbourne Post, 3 January 1863, p 11.
(16.) Examiner and Melbourne Weekly News, 19 October 1861, pp. 12-13.
(17.) Age, 3 October 1861, p. 5.
(18.) Age, 27 December 1862, p. 5.
(19.) Luke Steenhuis, Secret Places of the Upper Yarra Valley: Historic Sites, Launching Place, Vic, Luke Steenhuis 1994, p. 53.
(20.) Berres Hoddle Colville, Robert Hoddle: Pioneer Surveyor 1794-1881, Melbourne, Research Publications Pty Ltd., 2004, p. 245.
(21.) Luke Steenhuis, Secret Places of the Upper Yarra Valley: Beauty Spots. Launching Place, Vic, Luke Steenhuis, 1994, p. 27.
(22.) Luke Steenhuis, Secret Places of the Upper Yarra Valley: Beauty Spots. Launching Place, Vic, Luke Steenhuis, 1994, pp. 27-28.
(23.) I would like to thank Neville Rattray, Catchments Co-Ordinator, Melbourne Water, Warburton for making this field trip possible.
(24.) Joan Kerr, Dictionary of Australian Artists: Painters, Sketchers, Photographers and Engravers to 1870, Melbourne, Oxford university Press, 1992, p. 722-724.
(25.) Jennifer Phipps, Artists' Gardens: Flowers and Gardens in Australian Art 1780s-1980s, Kensington NSW, Bay Books, p. 48.
(26.) Tim Bonyhady, Burke and Wills: From Melbourne to Myth. Balmain N.S.W., David Ell Press Pty Ltd, 19991, p. 193.
(27.) Douglas Pike, ed., Australian Dictionary of Biography The Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB) is a multi-volume project published by Melbourne University Press.
The ADB project has been operating since 1957 with staff located at the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. , Volume 1. Melbourne University Press, Melbourne 1969, pp. 547-548.
(28.) Berres Hoddle Colville, Robert Hoddle: Pioneer Surveyor 1794-1881, Melbourne, Research Publications Pty Ltd., 2004, pp. 267-268.
(29.) I am indebted to Berres Hoddle Colville for bringing this sale at Joel's in September 1960 to my attention. For details of Hoddle's estate, see page 289 of Robert Hoddle: Pioneer Surveyor 1794-1881. After Hoddle's death his estate passed to the care of his father-in-law John Baxter, and his brother-in-law John Sage John Sage is most famous for being the Castle Torturer of Chillingham Castle circa 1200 AD. Sage, a minor celebrity of his time, was formerly a soldier of King Edward 'Longshanks' and was said to have succeeded in reaching the rank of Lieutenant before being injured by a spear to , who had married Fanny's sister, Maria.
(30.) Henry Gritten 1818-1873, Kiama, Illawarra, N.S.W., oil on canvas lined on composition board, 58.5 x 55.5 cm. National Library of Autralia. Reference Number an2288541. I would like to thank Sylvia Carr of the National Library Pictures Collection for providing a transcription of the inscription.
(31.) MS7593. Victorian Artists' Society. Records. La Trobe Australian Manuscritps Collection, State Library of Victoria. Inward correspondence. Letter from Henry Gritten, 7 November 1870.
(32.) Thomas Clark, two works both inscribed, 'From a drawing by R. Hoddle Esq'. Oil, 35.6 x 60.7 cm, and 38.2 x 64.1 cm. State Library of New South Wales, reference numbers ZDG ZDG Zimmerman Design Group
ZDG Zinc Doped Germanium 255 and ZDG 256 respectively. I would like to thank Richard Neville Noun 1. Richard Neville - English statesman; during the War of the Roses he fought first for the house of York and secured the throne for Edward IV and then changed sides to fight for the house of Lancaster and secured the throne for Henry VI (1428-1471) , Manager Original Materials Branch, State Library of NSW, for information about these two works.
(33.) Tim Bonyhady, Images in Opposition: Australian Landscape Painting 1801-1890, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1985. p. 4.
(34.) Illustrated Melbourne Post, 23 February 1866, p.221.
(35.) Tim Bonyhady, Images in Opposition: Australian Landscape Painting 1801-1890, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1985, pp. 61-62.
(36.) Tim Bonyhady, Images in Opposition: Australian Landscape Painting 1801-1890, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 1985, p. 103.
(37.) Robert Hoddle, [Waterfall,1845], watercolour, 55x49cm. State library of New South Wales, reference number PX*D 319/6. I would like to thank Allison Kingscote of the Original Materials Branch, State Library of NSW, for information about this work.
(38.) Tim Bonyhady The Colonial Image: Australian Painting 1800-1880, Sydney, Australian National Gallery and Ellsyd Press, 1987, p. 86.
(39.) William H. Gerdts and Mark Thistlethwaite, Grand Illusions: History Painting in America, Fort Worth, Tex., Amon Carter Museum, 1999, p. 68.