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Old House Near Berry’s Bay [Sydney, NSW]

1929. Etching, editioned 4/50, titled, annotated, signed and dated in pencil in lower margin, 18.1 x 23.5cm. Rubbing to signature and date.

Annotation reads “said to have been home of ‘Commodore’ Blue. Built 1819.” Held in NGA.

Billy Blue, a West-Indian convict who arrived in Australia in 1801, was granted most of the area now known as Blues Point in North Sydney in 1817 after establishing a rowboat ferry service between the north and south side of Sydney Harbour. A colourful character, who was also a water bailiff for Port Jackson, he was dubbed “The Commodore” by Governor Macquarie. Ref: Dictionary of Sydney.

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Item #CL176-25

Price (AUD): $770.00  Other currencies

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