Edmund HENDERSON | Perth, West Australia

England 1821 – England 1896
Australia 1850-1863

Perth, West Australia 1862
Titled and dated lower left within image in sepia watercolour, 'PERTH/ WEST AUSTRALIA/ 1862'.
image 34.6 (h) x 50.6 (w) cm
The Wordsworth Collection, purchased 2010
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
NGA 2010.987

Edmund Henderson arrived with the first convicts in 1850 as Comptroller General in charge of convicts in Western Australia, a position he held for eleven years. A talented amateur artist, Henderson painted atmospheric drawings and watercolours; not for any official purpose but simply to express his response to place. In Perth, Western Australia he transformed the scene into a magical and captivating vista filled with air and sparkling light.

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