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Brisbane River, view up the river opposite the Hamilton Hotel 

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.
Curator's notes: Brisbane was still an unsophisticated town when Isaac Walter Jenner and his
family moved here in 1883 and the regular sale of paintings to support his
artistic practice would not have been easy. Consequently, in 1887, Jenner held
an art union of his oils, watercolours and drawings he had brought with him and
which largely featured English subjects. Although he continued to paint English
subjects to satisfy his largely immigrant audience''s nostalgia for `home'' (an
English subject was on his easel when he died), his Queensland subjects have
retained the greatest interest. The Queensland Art Gallery possesses a pair of
paintings executed in 1885, `Hamilton Reach'' and a `(View of Brisbane)'' (Acc.
nos. 1986.035 and 1986.036), which demonstrate that Jenner did address himself
to supplying the market with local scenes soon after his arrival.
The Hamilton Reach of the Brisbane River was a subject that readily lent itself
to the pictorial conventions of the late nineteenth century. The group of trees
in the middle of Jenner''s painting forms a distinctive and picturesque group.
The composition of this painting is especially interesting - its focus is the
gap between the group of tree trunks at the centre. The bright rosy pinks of the
setting sun and its reflection in the waters of the Brisbane River successfully
balance the darker mass of trees on the river bank on the right. This scene was
a subject favoured by other artists of the period such as Henry Rielly and
Julian Rossi Ashton when they sketched in Brisbane.
The Hamilton Reach is the most readily identifiable subject of this group of
four Jenners which are dated 1894. Although clearly of the Brisbane River, the
subjects of the other three are not so familiar. When the paintings were
unframed, however, titles were found inscribed in the artist''s hand on the back
of each panel - this is an unusual occurrence. They were: `Brisbane River, view
up the river opposite the Hamilton Hotel'', `Brisbane River, Bulimba Reach'' (Acc
no. 2004.194.002), `Brisbane River, Garden Reach from near dry dock looking down
river'' (Acc no. 2004.194.003) and `Brisbane River, from North Quay looking
towards Toowong''(Acc no. 2004.194.004). A matched set of paintings with
identified locations is extremely rare in colonial Brisbane. Additionally,
although we are well used to precise detail in Jenner''s work, his exquisite,
almost miniaturist touch in this group of paintings is remarkable.
The four paintings were received from the Estate of Dr Patricia Marks (1918-
2002), granddaughter of the prominent Brisbane physician Charles Ferdinand Marks
(1852-1941). According to family history the works were presented to Dr Marks
for the help he had given Jenner and his family. An inscription found on the
backing board of one of the works, which also appears to be in the artist''s
hand, `Mr Hon Dr. C. Marks 101 Wickham Tce.'', affirms the artist''s deep regard
for his patron (Acc. no. 2004.194.002).
It is interesting to note that all the paintings focus on the Brisbane River,
the transportation lifeline of the city, and reinforce Jenner''s reputation as a
marine artist. A broadening of the scope of art history in recent decades has
led to the valuing of works of art as visual documents. Australian cities were
founded in the nineteenth century when there was extensive visual recording of
the progress of settlement. Views such as these by Jenner reinforce the value of
historical, cultural and social studies.
Glenn, R. Cooke, Research Curator, Queensland Heritage, Aug 2004.
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Gift from the Estate of Dr Elizabeth (Pat) Marks through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2004

2004.194.001

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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.

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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

2004.194.004

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Nymph 

Type:   Painting

Current Location: Queensland Art Gallery

Creator: KAUFFMAN, after Angelica

Description: Oil on wood panel, 41.2 x 30cm (oval). Curator's notes: Angelica Kauffman, a painter and etcher, was born in 1741 at Coire, in the
Grisons, where her father Johann Joseph Kauffman, was then painting. At an
early age she attained great proficiency in music and languages, and showed a
marked disposition for painting, in which she was instructed by her father; and
so rapid was her progress, that in 1754 the family removed to Milan, where she
spent her time in copying the works of the best masters. In 1757 her mother
died, and the family then went to Florence, and in 1759 to Rome, where her
talents excited the greatest admiration, and where she appears to have confined
herself chiefly to portrait painting. In 1764 she went to Venice, from whence,
in 1765, she came to England with Lady Wentworth, and was received with great
distinction; and on the foundation of the Royal Academy in 1768, she was
nominated one of the original thirty-six members. During her stay in England
she allowed herself to be entrapped into a clandestine marriage with the valet
of the Swedish Count de Horn, who imposed upon her as the Count himself. She
finally got rid of him by a payment of 300 pounds. In 1781 she married Antonio
Zucchi, a Venetian painter, and an Associate of the Royal Academy, and left
London a few days afterwards. In 1782 her father died, and in the following
year she retired with her husband to Rome. Her husband died there in 1795, and
she herself in 1807. She was buried in Sant'' Andrea delle Frate. The prints
after her works are very numerous, amounting to several hundreds. She
contributed eighty-two pictures to the Royal Academy between the years 1769 and
1797. She was twice painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Extract from: `Bryan''s dictionary of painters and engravers'', G. Bell and Sons
Ltd, London, 1921, vol. III, p.124.

Gift of Dr Elizabeth Marks 1982

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Sub's Tent C Company 1st Moreton Regiment, Lytton 

Type:   Painting

Current Location: Queensland Art Gallery

Creator: Artist Robin Dods

Where Made: Brisbane

Description: Watercolour painting on cardboard.13 x 12cm (sight)

Donated EN Marks, 1982
Artist Robin Dods, active Qld from 1896; and in NSW from 1913.

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Lytton 

Type:   Painting

Current Location: Queensland Art Gallery

Creator: Artist Robin Dods

Where Made: Brisbane

Description: Watercolour painting. 9.5 x 18cm (sight)

Donated EN Marks, 1982
Artist Robin Dods, active Qld from 1896; and in NSW from 1913.

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