The Quadrangle

The East Range and Great Hall – paintings, drawings and models

The front of the Quadrangle has been a popular subject for paintings and drawings, from the time it was first planned in the 1850s through to the present day. Some examples appear below.

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19TH CENTURY

— watercolour painting by Conrad Martens 1854
Watercolour painting by Conrad Martens 1854

This watercolour painting by Conrad Martens (1801-78) is entitled Presentation View, University of Sydney 1854, watercolour and gouache on paper, 45 x 75cm, Gift of Edmund Thomas Blacket, 1854, copyright Art Collection, The University of Sydney UA1854.1.

— watercolour painting by F C Terry ca. 1862-1869
Watercolour painting by F C Terry ca. 1862-1869

This painting of Grose Farm from the Toll Gate by F C Terry shows with the University of Sydney Quadrangle in the distance (centre), image from the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order no a2291002.

— watercolour painting by Edward Blore circa 1865
Painting of the Great Hall by Edward Blore

Painting of the interior of the Great Hall, University of Sydney, by Edward Blore (1787-1879), circa 1865, watercolour on paper, Gift of Sir John Nicholson Bart, 1961, copyright Art Collection, University of Sydney.

— watercolour painting by Samuel Elyard 1865
Watercolour of the East Range and Great Hall by Samuel Elyard 1865

The watercolour entitled 'Sydney University' by Samuel Elyard is dated '9 November 1865, image from the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order no a1528160.

— prints from wood engravings

Click here to view wood-engravings of the University's Quadrangle which were published in illustrated newspapers in the nineteenth century until they were replaced by photographs.


20TH CENTURY

– pencil drawing by Lloyd Rees 1922

Click here to view the pencil drawing of the Quadrangle's Central Tower by Lloyd Rees dated 1922.

– pencil drawing by Douglas Pratt 1926

Click here to view the pencil drawing of the entrance to the Quadrangle by Douglas Pratt dated 1926.

— model of the Great Hall on a Sydney University float at the Sydney Harbour Bridge celebrations 1932
Sydney Harbour Bridge celebrations 1932

A Sydney University float including a model of the Great Hall at the Sydney Harbour Bridge celebrations on 19 March 1932, image by Hall & Co from the Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, Digital order number hall_38502.

– watercolour by Wayne Roberts 1978

Click here to view the watercolour ‘Sun & Carillon’, of the Carillon and quadrangle of Sydney University, by Wayne Roberts.

– sketches by Allan Gamble

Allan Gamble's first art book was a description of the University for the centenary celebrations in 1952. Subsequently, he wrote and illustrated books on the University and its Colleges, as well as other pans of Sydney. A folio of twelve drawings of University buildings was completed in 1991.

– watercolours by Simon Fieldhouse

Click here for more sketches of the Quadrangle by Simon Fieldhouse.

Simon Fieldhouse is an Australian architectural artist who has sketched virtually every historic Australian building of merit (plus a number of greats in London, Paris, New York, India, etc). His sketches are intricate recreations of architectural renderings (pencil/ink with watercolours) with the insertion of cartoon like figures, sometimes whimsical, ironic or meaningful.


The Quadrangle

This image is copyright Simon Fieldhouse. It has been reproduced on this webpage with the kind permission of Mr Fieldhouse.

The Quadrangle

This image is copyright Simon Fieldhouse. It has been reproduced on this webpage with the kind permission of Mr Fieldhouse.


21ST CENTURY

— sketches in ink and watercolor wash by the Sydney Sketch Club
The Western Tower

The Western Tower from the Sydney Sketch Club photostream on Flickr, with permission.

The Great Hall

The Great Hall, from the Sydney Sketch Club photostream on Flickr, with permission.