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View from Rouse Hill House above Second Ponds Creek, looking south-east along the [old] Windsor Road / Bessie Rouse (attrib.)
Rouse, Eliza Ann (Bessie), 1843-1924.
1 painting : oil on board ; 48.5 x 74 cm; 63 x 89 cm (framed)
Not signed, not dated.
Old Windsor Road (N.S.W.)
Second Ponds Creek (Rouse Hill, N.S.W.)
This painting hangs in the entrance hall at Rouse Hill House and is believed to have been painted around 1900 by Eliza Ann (Bessie) Rouse, mistress of Rouse Hill House from the time of her marriage to Edwin Stephen Rouse in 1874 until her death in 1924. Bessie was a keen amateur artist whose oil and watercolour paintings of Rouse family properties and local landscapes are hung throughout the house. Bessie is known to have had regular drawing lessons before her marriage while on an extended visit to Dublin in 1868. She appears to have maintained her interest in painting throughout her life, creating a private parlour and painting studio at Rouse Hill House in the early 1890s by enclosing a passageway adjoining the Arcade. And she took further classes: a receipt dated 20 June 1901 indicates that Bessie had painting lessons from notable Australian artist and art teacher William Lister Lister.
Some of the structures depicted in the painting can be identified: the building furthest along the road is the former Queens Arms/Royal Oak Inn, an early colonial coaching inn and the church building in the centre of the image is Christ Church, Rouse Hill, built in 1863 with its denominational school behind the church built in 1869. The Rouse family were the leading local patrons of Christ Church.
Rouse Hill House & Farm ; HR85/1
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