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Panorama of Sydney Harbour, Panel IV, Vaucluse to Garden Island

Date: August 1907
Overall: 500 x 5419 mm, 5 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
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00008637
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    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 then 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 Vaucluse Bay, Rose Bay, Double Bay, Rushcutter's Bay, Potts Point and Garden Island.
    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.
    HistoryPainted as an architectural mural to be displayed in the home, the watercolour is a 360 degree panorama capturing the stillness and gentle light of the Harbour at dusk. Muriel Binney's emphasis is on the boats, the water and the landscape around the Harbour, rather than the sprawling settlement beyond. Working boats and barges are shown, variously silhouetted and highlighted by the setting sun. There is an open boat with its crescent sail plodding past Fort Denison and HMS POWERFUL, while the flagship of the Royal Navy's Australia Station commands Farm Cove.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Panorama of Sydney Harbour, Panel IV, Vaucluse to Garden Island

    Web title: Panorama of Sydney Harbour

    Assigned title: Panorama von Sydney Harbour, Panel IV, Vaucluse bis zum Garden-Island

    Assigned title: Panorama van de haven van Sydney, Panel IV, Vaucluse tot Garden Island

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