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Pinchgut and possibly HMS IRIS seen from Mrs Macquarie's Chair

Date: c 1869
Dimensions:
Sight: 146 x 258 mm
Overall: 390 x 492 x 17 mm, 1.8 kg
Display Dimensions: 155 x 267 mm
Medium: Watercolour paint, paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Art
Object Name: Watercolour
Object No: 00018287
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    Description
    This watercolour depicts a scene along Sydney Harbour seen from Mrs Macquarie's Chair. Depicted in the foreground is a three-masted flagship with furled sails. The vessel is possibly HMS IRIS, a 26 gun sixth rate frigate which was the first flagship on the Australia station. Pinchgut (Fort Denison) can be clearly identified between the fore and main masts.
    SignificanceThis painting offers an early view of Sydney Harbour and the significance of Royal Navy ships as our primary means of naval protection.
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