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Old gate, Wentworth Estate, 25.3.1913 / E. T. de Closay
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Old gate, Wentworth Estate, 25.3.1913 [with two rabbits in the foreground] / E. T. de Closay
1 painting : watercolour on board ; 26.5 x 39 cm.
Titled 'Old gate, Wentworth Estate', dated 25.3.1913' and signed 'E.T. de Closay' lower left.
This picture is one of three sold to the Vaucluse Park Trust in November 1926 by the artist, Ernest 'Tiger' de Closay, a Mauritian-born painter, etcher and commercial artist who came to New South Wales around 1900. He was a designer of postcards as well as being a member of the Australian Painter Etchers Society, exhibiting at the third annual exhibition of the Society in Sydney in July 1923. His earlier work includes oil paintings of orientalist and classical subjects painted in the 1890s.
Although he was born in Port Louis, Mauritius, in July 1859, and his mother was a Mauritian, his parents had been married in Pondicherry in India and the family moved to Madras when Ernest was a child. His baptismal name was Ernest Henri Leopold de Closets, presumably anglicised to de Closay when he came to Australia from India.
A label screwed to the former frame of this picture reads: "Original gates at entrance to drive near Nielsen Park leading to Vaucluse House. In 1914 they were removed and re-erected in present position at entrance to Vaucluse Park in Wentworth Road".
Ernest Tiger de Closay, 1926; Vaucluse Park Trust.
Vaucluse House ; V88/78
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