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View of Sydney and the Sydney International Exhibition Building

Date: 1879 - 1880
Dimensions:
Overall: 139 x 290 mm
Mount: 407 x 560 mm
Medium: Watercolour
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Art
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00000868
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    Description
    A watercolour painting of a view of Sydney and the Sydney International Exhibition Building or Garden Place.
    SignificanceThis watercolour shows the growing size and prestige of the original colony of Sydney. The fledging town was no more and she stood independently and proudly on the world stage.
    HistoryThe Sydney International Exhibition was an attempt by Sydney to showcase the economic, agricultural, cultural and social benefits and achievements of New South Wales. The jewel and stage for this was the Garden Palace, an elaborate wooden building constructed in what is now the Domain. It was based on a similar structure in London and quickly became an iconic sight on the Sydney landscape, as this painting shows. After the exhibition, the building was later used to house Government departments.
    All was not to last however and the whole building was destroyed by fire in 1882, a devastating blow to the emerging city.

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