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A sailing ship being towed by a tugboat in a harbour

Date: c 1910 - c 1930
Overall: 382 x 510 x 2 mm, 463 g
Image: 360 x 250 mm
Medium: Watercolour on paper, mounted on board.
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Donald McLean
Object Name: Watercolour
Object No: 00026449

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    SignificanceThe painting by Fred Elliott is a typical example of the romantic work of Elliott, who was said to have sold his paintings for drinks in waterfront pubs in Sydney.
    HistoryFrederick (Fred) Elliott was active mostly in Sydney from about 1880 or 1890 to 1930. He also worked in Brisbane. Despite a prolific output of watercolours on marine subjects little is known about him. He is said to have sold his paintings around waterfront pubs for the price of a few drinks. His style combines a romantic use of soft light, mist and reflections, with a realism arising from an accurate knowledge of ships and associated maritime things. His works were almost never dated and were usually untitled or given very general titles.

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    Assigned title: A sailing ship being towed by a tugboat in a harbour

    Web title: Burns Philp ephemera

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