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Photograph - Ceiling fresco, Drawingroom, ‘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 drawingroom was described by the reporter as ‘done in the quaint old 14th century style’. This section depicts ‘out-door sports. The fishing-lines of the jester and the almoner have become entangled, and a large wolf-dog seems disposed to arbitrate in the difficulty, while a party of young men and maidens are angling, feeding swans, or training hawks for a future day’s sport.’
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 12:19AM