W. Lister LISTER | Federal capital site

W. Lister LISTER
Australia 1859 – 1943
UK, France 1867-88

Federal capital site 1913 oil on canvas
159.0 (h) x 284.0 (w) cm Historic Memorials Collection 1913

W. Lister Lister and Penleigh Boyd were among numerous Australian artists who visited and painted at the site proposed for the Federal Capital in early 1913. In response to the competition advertised in December 1912 for the finest, topographically accurate painting of the region in bright clear sunlight, they both submitted grand images to the Commonwealth’s Historic Memorials Committee.

In scale, subject matter and approach the paintings are characteristic of classic Federation-era landscapes, and were awarded the first prize of £250 and a surprise second prize respectively. Since 1988, these works have been on permanent display in the new Australian Parliament House.

W. Lister Lister and Penleigh Boyd were among numerous Australian artists who visited and painted at the site proposed for the Federal Capital in early 1913. In response to the competition advertised in December 1912 for the finest, topographically accurate painting of the region in bright clear sunlight, they both submitted grand images to the Commonwealth’s Historic Memorials Committee.

In scale, subject matter and approach the paintings are characteristic of classic Federation-era landscapes, and were awarded the first prize of £250 and a surprise second prize respectively. Since 1988, these works have been on permanent display in the new Australian Parliament House.

W. Lister Lister and Penleigh Boyd were among numerous Australian artists who visited and painted at the site proposed for the Federal Capital in early 1913. In response to the competition advertised in December 1912 for the finest, topographically accurate painting of the region in bright clear sunlight, they both submitted grand images to the Commonwealth’s Historic Memorials Committee.

In scale, subject matter and approach the paintings are characteristic of classic Federation-era landscapes, and were awarded the first prize of £250 and a surprise second prize respectively. Since 1988, these works have been on permanent display in the new Australian Parliament House.




Image detail: W.C. Piguenit Near Liverpool, New South Wales c. 1908
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, acquired with the assistance of the Masterpieces for the Nation Fund 2005