Nash, Joseph (1809-78; English)
Australian Section, International Exhibition, Hyde Park, London, 1862  1863
Watercolour on paper, 22.6 x 30.2 cm
Presented by Captain Carteret Bisson, 1881
State Library of Victoria (H5247)

Prominent to the right of centre in this view of the 1862 Exhibition in the Crystal Palace is a pyramidal “pillar of gold” representing the wealth generated by the Victorian gold-rush. A man in the centre demonstrates how to pan for gold.

Nash was a watercolourist and lithographer, well-known for his 4-volume Mansions of England in the Olden Time (1839-49), and his views of the Great Exhibition of 1851. In the 1820s, he studied with and assisted Pugin: see Pugin Oxford {1877} NGV [WT]


Not listed in AR 1881; NGV 1894, p.112 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 3rd bay, no.8); NGV 1905, p.136 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 3rd bay, no.70) 

See also Downer & Phipps Victorian Vision (1985), cat.157. For Nash, see Bénézit 10, p.164; AKL 92 (2016), pp.5-6; and (with further references)