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Sydney from North Shore 1876 photographer Francis W. Robinson

This five-part panorama from 'Fryer’s Folly', afterwards 'The Observatory', shows Blues Point Road, looking across Lavender Bay and McMahons Point to Sydney Harbour. Francis Whitfield Robinson devoted himself to landscape photography, after his arrival from Melbourne in 1867. Five years later, he produced the extraordinary Sydney Harbor [sic]: A Descriptive Poem, with seven photographs. He was a better photographer than poet.

"On our right we have the suburbs Pyrmont and Balmain; Whilst to the left, nearly as far as the eyes can strain, Steam-ships and coasting vessels, at their berths, Complete our picture, to be taken for what it’s worth."

XV/62 five albumen prints 41.4 x 235 cm total, Alan Davies, An Eye For Photography, State Library of New South Wales, 2004. See collection record

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