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Painting of Port Adelaide Sailing Club by John Giles

1945-01-01/1955-12-31

South Australian Maritime Museum

South Australian Maritime Museum
Port Adelaide, Australia

Oil painting on board by John Giles of sailboats on the river near the Port Adelaide sailing club. John Giles worked as a tailor in Port Adelaide. He was enchanted by the Port River and spent his weekends with his paint box and easel capturing sail boats, ketches and steamers.
The Port Adelaide Sailing Club has a long history in South Australia. It was located in Jenkins Street, Birkenhead, alongside boat builders' yards and the naval slipway. Subsequently, the Birkenhead Bridge was built alongside. The yachts depicted are three or four sharpies and a twenty-one footer. It depicts Heather, one of the first heavyweight sharpies built in South Australia (built by Harry Perry Snr., a key figure in South Australian sailing). The painting links to the history of the Port Adelaide Sailing Club and is a fine example of the work of artist John Giles, a local painter who relished capturing life on the Port River

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  • Title: Painting of Port Adelaide Sailing Club by John Giles
  • Date Created: 1945-01-01/1955-12-31
  • Provenance: This was painted by John Giles, a tailor in Port Adelaide,and an artist. John Giles was enchanted by the Port River and spent his weekends with his paint box and easel capturing sail boats, ketches and steamers. The Maritime Museum hosted the exhibition: 'Captured on Canvas - John Giles" Port Adelaide in 2009. This painting in an exact replica of a watercolour held by his granddaughter Alice Giles.The Port Adelaide Sailing Club has a long history in South Australia. It was located in Jenkins Street, Birkenhead, alongside boat builders' yards and the naval slipway. Subsequently, the Birkenhead Bridge was built alongside. The yachts depicted are three or four sharpies and a twenty-one footer. The scene is on a Saturday around 1948. It depicts HEATHER, one of the first heavyweight sharpies built in South Australia. HEATHER was built by Harry Perry Snr., a key figure in South Australian sailing.
  • Subject Keywords: Sport
  • Rights: No known copyright restrictions

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