PHOTOGRAPHS, SANDSTONE CARVING DETAILS, SYDNEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Description

49 b&w photographs, 215 x 165mm, stored in an Ilford photographic paper box labelled "Sandstone carving - S.T.C." "1/4/87" is written on the side of the box. Related to TA2041. See also: Sandstone carvings recording : Ultimo TAFE NSW, Parts 1-3, 727.40288/SYDN - TAFE History Collection, Ultimo College Library.

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Probable Date

1/04/1987

Statement of Significance

Clear and detailed photographs capture the use of Australian flora and fauna in the capitals of the pilasters and columns of the original Sydney Technical College buildings designed by William Kemp (1891-1893). The photographer used a cherrypicker to gain access to these carvings on the facades of Building A (Sydney Technical College), Building B (Turner Hall), and Building I ("Commercial High School"). They occupy the Mary Ann Street frontage of Ultimo Campus.
Designs featured in the sandstone ornamentation carved by Gregory McIntosh and James Fillans were influenced by the nationalistic aesthetic promoted by Lucien Henry. He was the first instructor of art at Sydney Technical College and was appointed in 1884. Henry's design concepts which featured the use of Australian native plants and animals had an important influence on decorative art practice in Australia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Sources:
http://www.sydneyarchitecture.com/cbd/cbd7-013.htm ; http://dictionaryofsydney.org/entry/henry_lucien# ;
http://dictionaryofsydney.org/person/kemp_william?zoom_highlight=william+kemp
All 3 sources accessed on 9/4/2013.

Item type

Photograph

Object Number

TA1222

Object Home Location

Bay B Library

College

Ultimo

Object Current Location

Helen Manu, Ultimo Library

Keywords

Sydney Technical College; sandstone carvings; Australian plants animals; McIntosh; Fillans; Lucien Henry

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