Australian, Post Office Colonnade, Sydney, c1886
Original Print from Garran's The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia
Artist: Smedley, William Thomas
Publisher: Picturesque Atlas Publishing Co, Sydney
Paper Size: 265 x 185mm
Technique: Wood Engraving
Description: Original Wood Engraving with later hand colouring
The General Post Office commonly known as Sydney GPO is a heritage-listed landmark building located in Martin Place in Sydney. The original building was constructed in 2 stages beginning in 1886under the guidance of colonial architect James Barnet.
Comprised primarily of Sydney sandstone mined in Pyrmont
The Northern Facade has been described as "the finest example of a Victorian Italian Renaissance style in NSW making it one of the largest sandstone buildings in Sydney
The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia
Published in Sydney in 1886-88, the enormous, multi-volume 'Picturesque Atlas of Australasia' was an attempt with words and pictures to describe the Australia of the time.
He worked at a newspaper, before studying engraving and art in Philadelphia, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. and—after making a tour of the South Seas—in Paris under Jean-Paul Laurens.
He settled in New York City in 1880; in 1882 went with the Marquis of Lorne through Canada, preparing sketches for Picturesque Canada. He also provided wood engravings that appeared in The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia. In 1905 he became a member of the National Academy of Design.
Most of his work was magazine and book illustrations for stories of modern life, but he painted portraits and watercolours, and received the Evans Prize of the American Watercolour Society in 1890
Smedley died in Bronxville New York on 26th March 1920
From The Australian Dictionary of Biography
Written by Katherine Harper