The Hunter at Maitland
Artist/Maker and role
A. H. Fullwood (b.1863, d.1930): Artist
About this object
The Hunter at Maitland was created by artist A. H. Fullwood whilst employed as an artist for 'The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia'. It is one of several images Fullwood created of Maitland after visiting the area in the mid 1880s. Fullwood’s watercolour painting sensitively renders an idyllic view from the northern bank of the Hunter River in West Maitland. It includes local landmarks such as St John’s Cathedral and Bishop's House.
Back in Sydney, Fullwood's sketches and paintings were converted into engravings that could be published in the Atlas. The intention of 'The Picturesque Atlas of Australia' was, as the name implies, to capture inviting and picturesque images of the Australian bush, towns and cities. It was within this context that Fullwood visited Maitland in the mid 1880s, soon after he had arrived from England. His sketches, notes and subsequent paintings and engravings emphasise scenic views. 'The Hunter at Maitland' for example, suggests that the river is an idyllic setting and space for the city that sits along its edge. As Warwick Heywood observes: ‘Common to landscape paintings at this time, the picture presents a harmonious relationship between industry, represented by plumes of domestic and industrial smoke, and a natural setting.’
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Statement of Significance completed by Janis Wilton, 2022
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