Black, Margaret (active 1859-63; English?)
Launceston and the Tamar, from Flagstaff Hill (c.1859 or earlier)
Pencil drawing mounted on wood, 12.05 x 25.5 cm
Acquired by 1894
State Library of Victoria (H34678)
Joan Kerr, in her biography in the Dictionary of Australian Artists, observes that this drawing, Black’s “major known work,” was shown in Melbourne in October 1859 (receiving favourable comment in the Argus), and then again in the Victorian Exhibition of Fine Arts, Melbourne (Nov.1860) and in Launceston (1861).
Comments published in 1861 suggested that the drawing must have been made from memory, since recent Launceston buildings were not included. However, it may have been made earlier; Kerr notes that the artist lived in Tasmania with her Victorian squatter husband Philip between the 1830s and late 1850s.
This work is recorded in the NGV’s unpublished list of early acquisitions as acquired sometime between 1861 and 1894. It may have entered the Melbourne collection soon after 1861.
Not listed in NGV 1894 or NGV 1905
SLV online catalogue: details and reproduction as shown here. For the artist, see Kerr Dictionary (1992), pp.69-70, and https://www.daao.org.au/bio/margaret-black/biography/ (by Kerr 1999; last updated 2011), including the information noted above, and further references. See also AKL 11 (1995)