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Ferntree Gully, Mt Cole

FERNTREE GULLY, MT COLE

Accession ID:

1963.26

Name:

Ferntree Gully, Mt Cole

Category:

Item

Type:

ArtWork

Maker:

Duncan Elphinstone Cooper

Date:

1878

Description

Duncan Elphinstone Cooper’s watercolour sketch shows two early settlers hard at work felling timber near their log cabin, which is situated on the bank of a creek and surrounded by tall trees. Some fern trees can be seen in the middle distance. Timber getters first came to the area in the 1840s and this activity intensified after the gold rushes led to a burgeoning demand for building materials. The artist has captured the colours of the Australian bush very effectively. The date on the painting, 1878, is after Cooper is known to have returned to England, but other pictures with this date were painted by Cooper ‘from memory', or with photographs as an 'aide-memoire'. Mt Cole (or ‘Bereep-bereep’) is in the Grampians, near the site of Challicum, where the artist had had a property between 1841 and 1853.


History

W.J.H Treloar Collection, Tamworth Regional Gallery.


Significance

Provenance: Donated by W.J.H Treloar. Signed and dated: L.L.C. - D.E.Cooper, 1878.


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