Wharves near Spencer Street

Alice Chapman, 1860-1929ca. 1891

State Library Victoria

State Library Victoria

This view of Queens Wharf is to the south-west, featuring the area between Queen and King streets. In the distance, the South Melbourne Town Hall, constructed in 1881, can be seen.

The green verge running across the centre of the picture marks the location of the embankment of the Port Melbourne and St Kilda railways. Disembarking passengers can also be seen near the Huddart Parker Line wharf, and the newly constructed railway viaduct linking Spencer Street and Flinders Street station is clearly visible in the foreground.

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  • Title: Wharves near Spencer Street
  • Creator: Alice Chapman, 1860-1929
  • Date: ca. 1891
  • Location: Spencer Street, Melbourne
  • Provenance: Gift of Mrs. Alma Mitchell, 1993.
  • 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_VOYAGER1667213
  • View a full-size version of this image: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/235335
  • Physical dimensions: 45.3 x 91.3 cm in frame 65.3 x 111.5 x 2.5 cm.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • A.E. Ferris: Alice Chapman commenced her studies at the National Gallery of Victoria's painting school in 1876. Her contemporaries included John Longstaff, Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton. An independent thinker and confident in her abilities as an artist, in 1880 Chapman attracted the wrath of the head of the school, artist George Folingsby (1828–1891), when she questioned his teaching methods. Her artistic abilities were widely recognised outside the school and in 1886 she was invited to exhibit with the Australian Artists' Association. Chapman was particularly well known for her portraiture, earning a number of commissions for mayoral portraits. In 1894 Chapman was awarded a gold medal for figure painting at the Bendigo Exhibition. She continued to work and exhibit for several years with the Victorian Artists' Society.