Bridget McDonnell Gallery

    Member of ANZAAB - Australia

    Art: Australian Art: Colonial Art: Marine Art: Topographical Posters Prints

Established 1983.

We hold regular catalogue exhibitions of Early Australian Watercolours and Drawings; Early Australian Painters; Modern Australian Paintings; Artists Exhibiting in London 1880 - 1940; Australian Women Artists; Australian Prints and an annual Christmas exhibition

We also exhibit Post War Realist Artists from St. Petersburg, Ukraine, Crimea and Siberia in conjunction with our good friend in London, John Barkes


Peter Trusler Yellow-bellied Sunbirds Nesting under a Queenslander, Watercolour, 26.5 x 18 cm
Peter Trusler's paintings for the book Birds of Australian Gardens (Rigby, 1980), are revolutionary, and rank among the finest Australian natural history paintings ever done. In his Artist's Note (page 11) Peter says; 'Where possible I prefer to work from life. A number of the paintings are portraits of individual birds and all of the backgrounds and plants have been painted from actual specimens ... The paintings for the plates were executed with transparent watercolour and gouache. Item #6569
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Oswald Brierly | The Wanderer, Pencil on blue paper, 25.5 x 34 cm
Sir Oswald Brierly 1817-1894, was an English marine painter who first visited Australia when he joined Ben Boyd on his yacht, The Wanderer, on a voyage to Australia in 1842. Brierly worked for Boyd managing his whaling business at Twofold Bay until 1848. He returned to England in 1850 as a guest of Henry Keppel on board the HMS Meander Brierly visited Australia again as a guest of the second son of Queen Victoria, the Duke of Edinburgh, who commanded the HMS Galatea during its trip around the world commencing in 1866. In 1874 he was appointed the official marine painter to Queen Victoria
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J. H. Carse | Harvest Landscape, Victoria 1870, Oil on canvas, 30.4 x 45.7 cm
This early landscape by Carse is a smaller version of a paining in the National Gallery in Canberra. It was painted on the outskirts of Melbourne, near Sunbury. James Howe Carse 1819-1900 was a fine English artist who arrived in Victoria about 1868 and painted extensively around Victoria and exhibiting in Melbourne galleries. Literature: Australian Colonial Paintings in the Australian National Gallery, Tim Bonyhady, published by ANG and Oxford University Press, 1986, illustrated page 32