Industrial Cathedral

Industrial Cathedral
"Industrial Cathedral" charcoal drawing on paper 131 x 131 cm Jane Bennett. This drawing was a finalist in the 1998 Dobell Prize for Drawing (Art Gallery of N.S.W.) ; Finalist in 1998 Blake Prize for Religious Art ; Winner of 1998 Hunter's Hill Open Art Prize

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Painting Thompson Square, Windsor

Thompson Square, the oldest public town square in Australia,  is a charming and unique relic of the colonial Georgian era Sydney. It is the only town square remaining from the original five ‘Macquarie towns’ planned and designed by Governor Lachlan Macquarie .   
Plein air oil painting of Thompson Square, Windsor by artist Jane Bennett
Starting a plein air oil painting of Thompson Square, Windsor
oil on canvas 25 x 152cm

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This Precinct is listed on the Register of the National Estate, the National Trust and also on the NSW State Heritage Register as being of State heritage significance.
Plein air oil painting of Thompson Square, Windsor by artist Jane Bennett
Starting a plein air oil painting of Thompson Square, Windsor
oil on canvas 25 x 152cm

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Most of the buildings in Thompson Square are regarded as of crucial historical and architectural merit. 

Plein air oil painting of Thompson Square, Windsor by artist Jane Bennett
Half-way through my plein air oil painting of
Thompson Square, Windsor
oil on canvas 25 x 152cm

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The charm of Thompson Square is that it still retains the village square character originally intended by Macquarie.
Plein air oil painting of Thompson Square, Windsor by artist Jane Bennett
Half-way through my plein air oil painting of
Thompson Square, Windsor
oil on canvas 25 x 152cm

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Windsor Bridge is the oldest existing bridge crossing the Hawkesbury River. The caisson deck supports are original and over 130 years old.
It was designed by the Public Works Department and constructed, between 1872-1874, by contractors Andrew Turnbull and William K. Dixon.
Plein air oil painting of Thompson Square, Windsor by artist Jane Bennett
Half-way through my plein air oil painting of
Thompson Square, Windsor
oil on canvas 25 x 152cm

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A plaque that was placed on the bridge to celebrate Australia's Bicentenary quoting the then Minister for Public Works John Sutherland, who opened the bridge in 1874, states:
I hope this bridge will last longer than the life of the youngest child who passes over it today.
Australia's heritage.

Plein air oil painting of Thompson Square, Windsor by artist Jane Bennett
Half-way through my plein air oil painting of
Thompson Square, Windsor
oil on canvas 25 x 152cm

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There are so many lovely viewpoints of the bridge, park, river and Georgian architecture that I found it difficult to choose!
Plein air oil painting of Thompson Square, Windsor by artist Jane Bennett
Half-way through my plein air oil painting of
Thompson Square, Windsor
oil on canvas 25 x 152cm

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I decided to paint a panoramic canvas from the "Doctor's House" on the far left to the "School of Arts" building over the road on the right, with the lovely park in the centre.
Plein air oil painting of Thompson Square, Windsor by artist Jane Bennett
Half-way through my plein air oil painting of
Thompson Square, Windsor
oil on canvas 25 x 152cm

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The historic Windsor bridge, just to the right of the "Doctor's House" is linking the middle distance to the background, and the Hawkesbury river can just be glimpsed between the trees.


Plein air oil painting of Thompson Square, Windsor by artist Jane Bennett
The artist painting Thompson Square, Windsor
oil on canvas 25 x 152cm

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Painting 'en plein air' in the oldest town square in Australia. I'm following the footsteps of Arthur Streeton, who painted "the Purple Noon's Transparent might" in the Hawkesbury district.