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Etching - Key to the Nuttall Painting, Framed, circa 1902 Object Reg. No: SH 961776

Black & white print of a key to Charles Nuttall's painting of the Opening of the first Federal Parliament of Australian in the Exhibition Building, Carlton, in 1901.

Numerous prints were produced of the painting, both in Paris by Goupil et Cie and in London, as well as a key to enable viewers to better identify the 344 recognisable figures in the painting. Writing in February 1902, after Nuttall had already been at work on the painting for several months, the Adelaide Register described the work, noting:

'The painting is 12ft by 5 ft., and it is expected that it will be finished in about four months' time. The Federal Government will purchase the picture which it is completed. Before it reaches its destination, however, it is to be sent to France for reproductive purposes. The celebrated firm of Goupil will reproduce it by means of the photogravure process. These plates will be 40in. by 20in. A key drawing will be issued with the photogravure, which will be a valuable record of a memorable historic event.'

For many years, this key hung next to the original Charles Nuttall painting in the Boardroom of the Royal Exhibition Building. It was framed by The Frame Shop, Fairfield, Victoria.
Black and white etched outline of the painting by Charles Nuttall of the opening of the first Federal Parliament, May 1901, together with a numbered key identifying 343 people who attended the event within the Exhibition Building. The key has been printed onto cardboard and has been framed with archival paper and non-reflective glass.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 67.00 cm (Height), 2.00 cm (Width), 91.00 cm (Length)

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Themes this item is part of: HRH King George V (1865-1936), HM Queen Mary (1867-1953), John Adrien Louis Hope, Governor of Victoria & Governor-General of Australia (1860-1908), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Our Federation Journey - Links & Resources, Our Federation Journey - A Nation's Portrait: Charles Nuttall & the Opening of Federal Parliament
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: prints
Inscriptions: Text: Key to Chas. Nuttall's Picture, Opening of first Australian Federal Parliament by H.R.H. the Duke of Cornwall and York./The Dais/ Press Gallery/Federal Members/Foreground/Right Background/Left Background/Right Balcony/Left Balcony/[extensive text listing attendees]
Artist: Mr Charles Nuttall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901-1902
Person Depicted: HRH George Duke of Cornwall & York, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Person Depicted: HRH Mary Duchess of Cornwall & York, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Person Depicted: Right Honourable John Hopetoun, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Place & Date Used: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1903-1996
References: 'An Historic Painting', Register (Adelaide), Thursday, 13 February 1902, p.4.


Penelope Upward Posted on 08 Mar 2014 11:17 AM
The largest figure in the foreground is my great-grandfather George Edward Upward Usher of the Black Rod. he was born in Geelong in 1855 and died in Sydney in 1915.

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