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Circular Quay 1871 photographer Charles Pickering

Sydney landscape photographer Charles Percy Pickering was commissioned by Colonial Architect James Barnet to take, for the London Exhibition of 1871, a series of pictures that would 'serve to give strangers in the mother country and elsewhere a very truthful idea of the extent, beauty, and architectural magnificence of the city'. The photographs were forwarded to London on the Parramatta, which is in this panorama. The vessels are (L to R) whaling barque Chance, Ellen Stewart, Sobraon, Parramatta, Carlisle Castle, Dunbar Castle (foreground centre), Annie Royden, Harlaw, Abergeldie and Duke of Satherland. As Pickering’s camera has swung around the cove, it has distorted the straight road in the foreground into a curve.

XV1/HAR/ClRC/1 three albumen prints 24 x 81.2 cm total, Alan Davies, An Eye For Photography, State Library of New South Wales, 2004. See collection record

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