The first item to be acquired in 1873 for Sydney Town Hall was an impressive statement which embodied the political ambitions of the city’s municipal council. It was a large royal portrait of H M Queen Victoria, the reigning English monarch of the time, and a symbol of the ultimate authority head of authority and state. Over the years, as plans waxed and waned over the notion of establishing a dedicated civic gallery, works of art were added to the walls of the Town Hall. They are important today because they document the changing landscape of Sydney and changing fashion and taste of art in a public space.
HRH Prince Alfred
HRH Prince Alfred
Duke of Edinburgh by Eugene Montague Scott, 1868 oil on canvas. Sydney Town Hall Collection 88-269 Photo Greg Piper
Kookaburra
Kookaburra
By Bruce Goold, 2003 hand-coloured woodcut © the artist. Sydney Town Hall Collection 04-020 Photo Greg Piper
Port Jackson
Port Jackson
By John Alcott, c1958 oil on canvas © estate of the artist. Sydney Town Hall Collection 88-496 Photo Greg Piper
Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
By Georg Koberwein, 1872 after Franz Winterhalter 1859 oil on canvas. Sydney Town Hall Collection 88-251 Photo Greg Piper
Queen Victoria Building and Town Hall
Queen Victoria Building and Town Hall
By Jeff Rigby, 2002 acrylic on canvas © the artist, courtesy Robin Gibson Gallery. Sydney Town Hall Collection 01-014 Photo Greg Piper
Spring as a Flower Girl
Spring as a Flower Girl
By an unknown artist, c1890 after Bartolome Esteban Murillo c1665 oil on canvas. Sydney Town Hall Collection 88-612 Photo Greg Piper
Their Royal Highnesses, Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh and the Duke of Edinburgh
Their Royal Highnesses, Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh and the Duke of Edinburgh
By Margaret Williams, 1948 oil on canvas. Sydney Town Hall Collection 88-362 Photo Greg Piper
Thomas Townshend, Baron and Viscount Sydney
Thomas Townshend, Baron and Viscount Sydney
By A Glendening jnr, 1887 oil on canvas. Sydney Town Hall Collection 88-378 Photo Greg Pipe