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The founding of Australia, 1937

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 278/43

Scope and Contents

A printed copy by the Medici Society Ltd of London of 'The founding of Australia at Sydney Cove by Captain Arthur Phillip R.N., First Governor and Captain-General of New South Wales, on Saturday, the 26th January 1788, after landing from H.M. Brig Supply. The Governor about to propose the health of His Majesty King George III just after the Union Jack has been hoisted and saluted by the Guard of Marines', 583 x 456 mm, 1937. The picture is accompanied by a printed outline drawing of the painting, including a description of its history and the names of the individuals depicted. There is also an undated, one-page typescript describing the painting's background and listing recipients of other reproductions.


  • Creation: 1937


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Biographical / Historical

Algernon Talmage (1871-1939), R.A., painted 'The founding of Australia' in 1937 for Frank Albert of Sydney, who presented it to the Tate Gallery. The idea for the painting was suggested by D. Hope Johnston, Founder and President of the Australasian Pioneers' Club in Sydney, who also provided Talmage with background information. The painting was exhibited in the Royal Academy's exhibition of 1937. At the request of the Governor of New South Wales, it was sent by the Trustees of the Tate Gallery to Sydney, Australia, and exhibited during the Sesqui-Centenary in 1938.


2 rolled item(s) (2 rolls) : art work/paper

1 page(s) (1 page)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The picture and outline were presented by D. Hope Johnston to his friend Victor Gatti in 1948. The history of the collection after this date is unknown.

Related Materials

RCMS 285/2/14 is comprised of correspondence and other papers regarding the painting.


This collection level description was created by RAS.


Talmage, Algernon, 1871-1939, painter

Finding aid date

2004-02-09 11:30:17+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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