A c1900 painted view of historically and geographically significant South Head, Sydney Harbour. The painting depicts the sea as rough and treacherous, which it became known for after the English trade ship The Dunbar was wrecked on the rocks at the base of South Head in 1857.
The following year in 1858, the iconic Hornby Lighthouse and the Lighthouse Keepers Cottages were built to safely guide ships through Port Jackson Heads.
This beautifully painted Sydney Seascape is one of a pair by the little known artist W Taylor..he also used the signature W Langley Taylor. The other being of North Head, Sydney Harbour.
A similar pair by this same artist are held in the Victorian Community Collections, which depict the opposing coastal heads of Port Phillip Bay, Victoria.
Oil on board, signed lower right W Taylor, the painting sits in its original pressed Oak and gilt slip frame.
Measures including frame: 31cm high, 38cm wide.
Professionally cleaned & ready to hang.