Sturt Street, Ballarat , Albert Henry Fullwood
  • Artist
    Albert Henry Fullwood
  • Born
    1863
  • Died
    1930
  • Title
    Sturt Street, Ballarat
  • Date of Production
    c. 1887
  • Medium
    gouache
  • Dimensions
    sheet: 400 x 569 mm, comp: 337 x 523 mm.
  • Credit Details
    Gift of 3BA and "The Courier", Ballarat, 1978

Albert Henry Fullwood

Sturt Street, Ballarat

Albert Henry Fullwood, emigrated to Australia in 1881.  He soon established a reputation as a fine draftsman and illustrator and gained several important commissions which enabled him to travel extensively around Australia.  He was one of the first artists in Australia to explore the medium of etching in a serious way.

Painted in 1887, the same year that the foundation stone  for the Art Gallery of Ballarat was laid, this watercolour of Ballarat's principal thoroughfare was the preparatory work for a wood engraving published in 1888 in the "Picturesque Atlas of Australia" Volume 2.

This 19th Century image painted using a grisaille technique to create dramatic effects   - shows Ballarat as a thriving city.  The original Courier building can be seen on the right of the painting. According to the clock on the Town Hall tower it is 10 to 9, and the city is  already bustling.