Panel From Bayliss’ Sydney Panorama Taken From The Dome Of The International Exhibition Building. Charles Bayliss, 1850–1897 Aust.
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Panel From Bayliss’ Sydney Panorama Taken From The Dome Of The International Exhibition Building

c1879. Albumen paper photograph, 38.1 x 55cm. Discolouration, crinkles and slight foxing to edges, surface loss and missing portions to upper and left edges, laid down on old linen, with original upper edge of print folded back and worn, and blind stamp showing through to verso of canvas.

Charles Bayliss took this photograph, which is panel 5 of the 11 panels of his panorama of Sydney, from the dome of the Sydney International Exhibition Building (Garden Palace) while it was still under construction in 1878 or 1879; the building burnt down in 1882. In the foreground, the image shows terraces on Macquarie Street, including History House (no. 133, third from the right), which was built in 1872 and still stands today. This view looks across the city to the current site of Barangaroo on the far right. Due to the quality and clarity of the photograph, which was printed from a mammoth plate, it is possible to examine architectural details in the background, which includes Sydney Observatory and Fort Street School, now S.H. Erwin Gallery. During the 1870s, there were no photographers, other than Bayliss, working with mammoth plates in Australia.

This panel, which has a “Public Library of South Australia” blind stamp to lower right corner, was de-accessioned when the library merged with the State Library of South Australia in 1967. At that time the State Library only wanted items pertaining to South Australia.

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Item #CL202-13

Price (AUD): $38,500.00  other currencies

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