(Study for the Rivulet at New Farm with Mezger’s Mill)

Albert Henry Fullwood

Fullwood New Farm watercolour
(Study for the Rivulet at New Farm with Mezger’s Mill) by Albert Henry Fullwood


Albert Henry Fullwood
(Study for the Rivulet at New Farm with Mezger’s Mill)
watercolour on paper
16.5 x 24 cm

signed lower left: A H Fullwood

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Throughout the 1890s, Albert Henry Fullwood made a series of visits to Tasmania at the behest of the Art Society of Tasmania.  His influence on the arts of the small colony was significant, so much so that by 1897 one reviewer for the Hobart Mercury noted that the Society had become 'seized with a frenzy of impressionism'.¹ In March of 1897, Fullwood took painting classes in the rural area of New Town, located on the dilapidated remains of Mezger's Mill,  New Farm.² The mill, and its surroundings became popular subject matter for both local and visiting painters, including Frederick McCubbin, when visiting the colony in 1899.³

Fullwood's two paintings, dating from his 1897 visit, depict the site from further afield, with the agricultural complex partly obscured by the willows growing along the New Town Rivulet.  Today, while the core of the property remains intact and surrounded by willow trees, the outlying land has been engulfed by the suburbs of New Town and Moonah.

Paul O’Donnell

¹. Art Society of Tasmania: Annual Exhibition, The Mercury, 8th February 1897, Hobart, p. 4

². Gray, A., Fullwood in Tasmania, The Art Bulletin of Tasmania, 1983

³. MacKenzie, A., Frederick McCubbin 1855-1917: 'The Proff' and his art, Mannagum Press, Melbourne, 1990