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National Gallery of Australia | Collection Video Tour | Nineteenth-century Australian art

The National Gallery of Australia is one of the world's most recently established national galleries. It opened to the public in 1982, after little more than a decade of collecting. The Gallery now holds the nation's largest and most valuable collection of art.

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Arthur Streeton, Golden summer, Eaglemont 1889

Arthur Streeton (Australia 1867–1943), Golden summer, Eaglemont 1889. Oil on canvas, 81.3 x 152.6 cm. Purchased 1995.

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9 Jun 2011

Rank #1

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John Eyre (print after) Walter Preston (engraver), Port Jackson Harbour, in New South Wales: with a distant view of the Blue Mountains. Taken from South Head 1812

John Eyre (print after) Walter Preston (engraver) Absalom West (publisher), Port Jackson Harbour, in New South Wales: with a distant view of the Blue Mountains. Taken from South Head 1812 from Views in New South Wales, Sydney: West, 1812–14. Engraving, printed in black ink, from one copper plate, on paper, 22.2 x 37.9 cm (printed image), 27.4 x 40.5 cm (plate-mark). Purchased 2005.

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9 Jun 2011

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G. W. Evans, Blighton Farm 1810

G. W. Evans (England 1780 – Australia 1852), Blighton Farm 1810. Watercolour, ink, pen and brush on paper, 10.0 x 18.0 cm (image), 18.4 x 26.6 cm (sheet). Purchased 1994.

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9 Jun 2011

Rank #3

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Tom Roberts, Allegro con brio, Bourke Street west c. 1885–86, with additions 1890

Tom Roberts (Great Britain 1856 – Australia 1931), Allegro con brio, Bourke Street west c. 1885–86, with additions 1890. Oil on canvas on composition board, 51.2 x 76.7 cm. National Library of Australia and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

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9 Jun 2011

Rank #4

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Charles Conder, Bronte Beach 1888

Charles Conder (Great Britain 1868–1909), Bronte Beach 1888, Oil on paper on cardboard, 22.6 x 33.0 cm. Purchased from Gallery admission charges 1982.

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9 Jun 2011

Rank #5

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John Glover, Patterdale landscape with cattle c. 1833

John Glover (Great Britain 1767 – Australia 1849), Patterdale landscape with cattle c. 1833. Oil on canvas, 76.8 x 114.6 cm. Rex Nan Kivell collection: National Library of Australia and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

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9 Jun 2011

Rank #6

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Eugene von Guérard, North-east view from the northern top of Mount Kosciusko 1863

Eugene von Guérard (Austria 1811 – Great Britain 1901), North-east view from the northern top of Mount Kosciusko 1863. Oil on canvas, 66.5 x 116.8 cm. Purchased 1973.

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9 Jun 2011

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Alexander Dick, Tea service c. 1828

Alexander Dick (Great Britain c. 1800 – Australia 1843), Tea service c. 1828. Silver and bone, 16.5 x 29.9 x 13.9 cm. Gift of David Wigram Allen1979.

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9 Jun 2011

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John Lewin, Reed warbler 1805

John Lewin (Great Britain 1770 – Australia 1819), Reed warbler 1805 in Birds of New South Wales by John Lewin, Sydney: G. Howe (printer), 1813. Purchased 1996.

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9 Jun 2011

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J. W. Lindt, Mourners and dead house at Kalo, New Guinea 1885

J. W. Lindt (Germany 1845 – Australia 1926), Mourners and dead house at Kalo, New Guinea 1885. Carbon print, 88.0 x 120.0 cm. Purchased 2005.

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9 Jun 2011

Rank #10