Nuttall, Charles (1872-1934; Australian), after
His Royal Highness the Duke of Cornwall and York opening the First Commonwealth Parliament of Australia, May 9th, 1901, 1902
Photo-engraving, c.46.5 x 94 cm
State Library of Victoria (H26162) (?)
The SLV holds several impressions of this work, a photogravure print produced by the Paris firm of Goupil & Cie, and advertised with the enterprising slogan “No Australian Home will be complete without a Copy.”
The example purchased in 1903 presumably corresponds with one of the SLV impressions.
Nuttall’s original monochrome painting, measuring 2.3 by 4 metres, is held in the Melbourne Exhibition Building, where the event depicted took place in 1901. It was also commemorated in Tom Roberts’ even larger “big picture,” completed in 1903, and now on permanent loan to the Parliament of Australia from the British Royal Collection.
NGV 1905, p.152 (V.Buvelot Gallery, south wall, no.18) [£2/2]
Refer SLV online catalogue for the various impressions held. For Nuttall, see http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/nuttall-james-charles-13137 (biography by Sheridan Palmer, published in ADB supplementary volume, 2005) and http://museumvictoria.com.au/reb/history/federation/charles-nuttalls-painting/
For Tom Roberts’ Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by H.R.H.The Duke of Cornwall and York (later King George V), May 9, 1901, 1903 (oil on canvas, 3.6 x 5.65 metres), see e.g. http://www.aph.gov.au/Visit_Parliament/Parliament_House_Art_Collection/Tom_Roberts_Big_Picture