Subscription Ball, Ballarat, S. T. Gill
  • Artist
    S. T. Gill
  • Born
    1818
  • Died
    1880
  • Title
    Subscription Ball, Ballarat
  • Date of Production
    1854
  • Medium
    Watercolour
  • Dimensions
    sheet: 25.1 x 35.3 cm.
  • Credit Details
    Purchased, 1961

S. T. Gill

Subscription Ball, Ballarat

This popular watercolour of a Subscription Ball in Ballarat in 1854 has all the features one expects to see in Gill's work.  An artist with a wry sense of humour, Gill has not only captured the expressions of the participants but also the many different types of people who might be found at an occasion such as this.

One of three slightly different versions of the same theme, this work may depict one of a series of 'grand balls' that took place in  the Assembly Room located on the Main Road between the Gravel Pits and Red Hill in the spring of 1854.  The first of these balls was advertised for Monday 30th October as featuring 'Ralinger and his popular Quadrille Band. Tickets one guinea, introducing ladies. Dancing commencing at nine…'  In this particular version  a band plays on a balcony that has been decorated with a coat of arms and a slogan 'Advance Australia' while some of the participants kick up their heels on the dance floor below.