Bay St Brighton
- Henry Burn
- Bay St Brighton
- watercolour and gouache on paper
- 15.5 x 25.5 cm
signed lower right: Hen Burn 1860
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The George Page-Cooper Collection Leonard Joel, Melbourne,
12-22 November 1967, lot 97
Sunday Fine Art Auction, Leonard Joel, Melbourne, March 2012
private collection, Melbourne
Illustrated Melbourne Post, 22 November 1862, reproduced in an engraving by Samuel Calvert p.7 & p.4 as ‘Brighton and the Bay’
Burn arrived in Melbourne in 1853 and was to depict the growing city and surrounding districts. Bay St Brighton has a beautiful luminous quality, the incidental elements of the herding sheep provoking an atmosphere of reminiscence and providing a narrative element against the details of the landscape.
Burn’s many asethical appealing views of Melbourne, are of historical interest, capturing well-known areas of Melbourne and its surrounds. Here, Bay St Brighton depicts a train, in the middle ground, on the newly opened railway line, which, from 1859, ran from Melbourne to Brighton.