ARTIST UNKNOWN | Prospect of Perth, Western Australia


Prospect of Perth, Western Australia c.1852
Titled lower right within image in brown watercolour, 'Prospect of Perth/ W.A.'
image 29.6 (h) x 38.6 (w) cm
The Wordsworth Collection, purchased 2010
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
NGA 2010.993

One of the most popular views of Perth from colonial times onwards has been that from Mount Eliza (King’s Park), as seen in this watercolour. The scene is always the same in atmosphere: the river is still, the day is clear, and trees and shrubbery usually frame the image. Nearly all the views have figures in the right foreground with their backs to the artist, directing the viewer towards the city. The image shows Perth as a pastoral idyll, emphasising open spaces and parks, and the promenade at the water’s edge

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