Painting of Port Irwin (Denison) on tin

c. 1890

Painted by local tinsmith Tom Reynolds on a sheet of tin, showing sail boats near shore at Port Irwin (Denison),obelisk is shown on centre left. One of two paintings in series. Impressionist style.

Historical information

The artist Tom Reynolds was the son of Peter and Harriet Reynolds, and was born on the local farm of Wimpole. Tom was a tinsmith, photographer and undertaker and resided in Smith St Dongara. His father was policeman at Irwin then owned Bookara Inn.



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Item type
680 mm
Height or length
460 mm
Contextual Information

The painting is important because it is the first rendition of Port Denison foreshore in the IDHS collection. All built structures in the image were constructed by convict labour. It is also an example of a tradesman using their skills and available materials in variable ways (eg tinsmith painting on tin). IDHS holds other items made by Reynolds n its collection eg IROB0276 tin bath, IROB1409 galvanised iron milk separator, and IROB1394 galvanised iron water can and spouts.

Place made
c. 1890
Primary significance criteria
Artistic or aesthetic significance
Historic significance
Social or spiritual significance
Comparative significance criteria
Rare or representative
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Two sail boats near shore, right, obelisk on hill in centre.
Oil paints on tin base. Painting of a hill and coastline. A white obelisk is on top of the hill, centre, with a small hut at the base of the hill, midground. A rowboat is on the small stretch of beach, and there are two sailing boats at sea, centre and right.

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