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Photograph - Ceiling fresco, Ballroom, ‘Southesk’, Cotham Road, Kew (dem. 1970)

From the Collection of Kew Historical Society Inc 1 Civic Drive Kew Victoria

The most significant decorative aspects of Southesk (formerly ‘Ordsall’) were the murals in the front two rooms. An article in the Melbourne Argus in 1882 records that Mr Vandenbrandt and Signor Rizzi created these under the supervision of Cullis Hill. This fresco from the ceiling of the ballroom is believed to depict ‘Africa’. The article records that: ‘Notwithstanding the large size of the drawings they are often marked by delicate touches, and a minuteness of detail in evident sympathy with nature. The figures have grace, life and animation and the skillful shading of the colours used — chiefly amber, gold, light blue, green, light fawn and brown – is in harmony with the quiet tone of the general furnishing of the rooms.’
32 x 22 cm
Object Registration
david carnegie, john halfey, southesk - cotham road - kew (vic), ordsall - cotham road - kew (vic)
Historical information
Colour enlargement of a photograph (slide) of Southesk (formerly Ordsall) in Cotham Road, Kew (demolished 1970).
When Made
Last updated
2 May 2019 at 12:20AM