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Hyde Park Barracks & District Court, Sydney / Fred C. Britton
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Hyde Park Barracks & District Court, Sydney / Fred C. Britton
1 print : drypoint etching ; 17.5 x 18 cm. (plate-mark)
Titled below print image lower left: 'Hyde Park Barracks & District Court, Sydney" and signed and dated '27' lower right. Editioned state: 'Edition 30 no.7'
The Hyde Park Barracks building in Macquarie Street Sydney was designed by convict architect Francis Greenway to house male convicts and erected 1817-1819. From 1848 to 1886 it served as an Immigration Depot for single females and in 1887 the central dormitory buildings and other buildings in the compound were converted to courts and legal offices. A series of additional buildings were later erected in the courtyard. The Industrial Arbitration Court occupied part of the site from 1912-1927.
Fred C Britton was born in London and studied at at the Slade School of Fine Art. He came to Australia in 1911 and settled first in Adelaide but left again at the outbreak of the First World War when he became an official artist for the War Records Branch. He returned to Adelaide after the war before moving to Sydney in 1927 where he worked in the studio of Smith and Julius Ltd. In 1929 he took up the position of teacher in charge of the drawing and illustration section of East Sydney Technical College but died two years later at the age of 42. [ref: Obituary in Sydney Morning Herald 17 Dec 1931 p.11]
Josef Lebovic Gallery, July 1992
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A print from this edition was one of 11 drypoint etchings shown in an exhibition of etchings and drawings by Fred C. Britton held at the Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 26 October - 5 November 1927.
Hyde Park Barracks ; HPB92/32
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