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Brisbane River, from North Quay looking towards Toowong 

Type:   Painting

Current Location: Queensland Art Gallery

Creator: Artist Isaac Walter Jenner

Where Made: Brisbane

Description: Oil painting on cardboard, 12.8 x 20.2cm.

Queensland Art Gallery image:

Curator's notes: The most striking effect of `Brisbane River, from North Quay looking towards
Toowong'' is the sunset above the range - the intense pink of the sky suffuses
the entire painting. Sunset effects are also notable in `Brisbane River, view up
the river opposite the Hamilton Hotel'' (Acc. no. 2004.194.001) and `Brisbane
River, Bulimba Reach'' (Acc. no. 2004.194.004). Descendents of the original
owner have suggested that the sunsets depicted by Isaac Walter Jenner were the
result of the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa. If this is the case, then it is
Jenner''s recollection of an event a decade earlier as Krakatoa erupted on 26
August 1883. When the family arrived in their new home in Brisbane during
September of that year the brilliant sunset effects caused by the volcanic dust
particles in the air would have been pronounced. As a matter of fact, Jenner''s
ship passed by the eruption on its journey to Queensland. He exhibited a
watercolour entitled `SS Roma passing through pumice stone off Krakatoa after an
eruption'' in the 1884 Queensland National Agricultural and Industrial
Association exhibition, Brisbane.

Gift from the Estate of Dr Elizabeth (Pat) Marks through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2004