This painting depicts the settlement of Hobart on the Derwent River, below the impressive shape of Mount Wellington. Anchored in the harbour are several sailing and steam vessels of various nationalities, including a three-masted clipper ship flying an American flag and a paddle steamer, possibly the KANGAROO. A number of Hobart landmarks are also recognisable, including Constitution Dock, Victoria Dock, Cowgills windmill and St. Georges church.


  • Title: Hobart Town 1856
  • Creator: Henry Gritten
  • Date: 1856/1856
  • Location: Tasmania
  • Type: Painting
  • Significance: This picturesque depiction is representative of shipping in Hobart during the 19th century. It is a good example of the work of Henry Gritten, an experienced artist who stayed in Hobart during 1856 and produced a handful of paintings depicting the town.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 620 x 825 mm, 3.7 kg
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds

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