Queens Wharf

Ugo Catani, 1861-18951887

State Library Victoria

State Library Victoria

Flinders Street and Queens Wharf are depicted in this painting, looking west from near Queen Street. Ships are docked at the wharf, and people and a horse and cart appear in the foreground. The scene is partly obscured by the grey-brown fog combining with smoke from the ship's stacks.

The painting was purchased by Sir Henry Brougham Loch (1827–1900), Governor of Victoria. Lord Loch took the painting with him when he left Victoria and it hung in his home in Suffolk for many years.

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  • Title: Queens Wharf
  • Creator: Ugo Catani, 1861-1895
  • Date: 1887
  • Location: Flinders Street, Melbourne
  • Rights: This work is out of copyright. No copyright restrictions apply.
  • lithograph: Painting
  • View more information about this image in the State Library Victoria catalogue: http://search.slv.vic.gov.au/MAIN:SLV_VOYAGER1664143
  • View a full-size version of this image: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/111655
  • Physical dimensions: 49.5 x 34.6 cm. in frame 76.2 x 60.8 cm.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • A.E. Ferris: Ugo Catani studied at the Accademia del Arte in Florence between 1878 and 1883. Despite poor health, he travelled to Australia with fellow countryman Girolamo Pieri Nerli (1863–1926), arriving in 1885. He exhibited with both the Victorian Artists' Society and the Australian Artists' Association, of which he was a founding member. This work, along with 'Collins Street, Rainy Weather', was first exhibited at the association's winter exhibition of 1887.