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Panorama of Sydney Harbour, Panel III, Manly to Watson's Bay

Date: c 1907
Dimensions:
Overall: 500 x 4252 mm, 4 mm
Medium: Watercolour paint, paper, linen
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Jeremy Grover in memory of Doris Frost and Dick Binney, conserved with the assistance of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation
Classification:Art
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00008636
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    Description
    This painting is one panel of a 20 metre panoramic frieze of Sydney Harbour foreshores at sunset painted by Muriel Binney for the First Australian Exhibition of Women's Work, held in Melbourne in 1907. The complete panorama was later selected for display in the Australian Pavilion at the Franco-British Exhibition in London in 1908 where it was awarded a silver medal. This particular section of the painting depicts Manly, North Head, South Head and Watsons Bay.
    SignificanceThe frieze is a rare document of Sydney Harbour in the first half of the 20th century depicting a variety of working and leisure craft indicative of the time. The focus is on the harbour life of boats and navigational markers rather than the landforms or buildings that surround it. Although painted for an exhibition of womens work, the frieze stands alone as an exceptional example of the aesthetic and technical skill Binney had in an era when maritime painting and panoramas were genres traditionlly dominated by men.
    HistoryMuriel Mary Sutherland Binney (1873-1949), was an amateur artist and inventor. She lived at Warren Lodge, Elizabeth Bay, with her surgeon husband Edward and sons John and Richard.

    In 1907, Binney painted a 20-metre-long panorama of Sydney Harbour entitled ‘Sydney Harbour foreshores at sunset’. She produced the work for the First Australian Exhibition of Women’s Work in October 1907, and it was then selected for the Australian Pavilion at the Franco-British Exhibition the following year where it was awarded a silver medal.

    Binney used a variety of working and leisure craft to produce a balanced, harmonious and eye-catching panorama of harbour life. As a panorama it is unusual, completed at a time when most other examples of this genre were photographic. Although Binney did not put a price on her work, she was certainly aware of its commercial potential, and applied to copyright the design in 1907 and to reproduce a fold-out postcard or Christmas card of photographs of the frieze in panoramic format by Henry King. It was inventing rather than arts and crafts that Binney pursued in later years, exhibiting and patenting a cigarette smoker’s complete outfit, a portable shoe stand and travelling case, and a body harness to redistribute body weight when using a crutch.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Panorama von Sydney Harbour, Panel III, Manly bis zum Watson's Bay

    Assigned title: Panorama van de haven van Sydney, Panel III, Manly tot Watson's Bay

    Primary title: Panorama of Sydney Harbour, Panel III, Manly to Watson's Bay

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