01 Marine Painting – Frederick James ‘Fred’ Elliott’s Shipping, Sydney Harbour with City Skyline, with Footnotes, #345

Frederick James ‘Fred’ Elliott, (1864-1949)
Shipping, Sydney Harbour with City Skyline

Private collection

Frederick James ‘Fred’ Elliott, 1864-1949, was a prolific watercolour painter and lithographer, active in Sydney from the 1890s to the 1920s, specialising in marine subjects.

Frederick James ‘Fred’ Elliott was born in Paignton near Brixham, Devon, UK, son of Alfred Elliott. Fred Elliott immigrated to Queensland in 1876 when his father was appointed teacher at Humpybong School near Redcliffe, Queensland. Elliott worked as a lithographic artist in the Queensland Government Printing Office from July 1896 to about 1903. He was a prolific artist, painting almost invariably in watercolours, occasionally in oils. He specialised in marine watercolour studies, travelling up and down the coast by ship and sketching scenes that he later turned into paintings. Mainly painting Sydney Harbour, including views and individual ships. His watercolours are characterised by a high key and strong atmospheric effects. He showed his paintings infrequently in the Queensland National Association’s exhibitions and with the Queensland Art Society and the NSW Society of Artists. He signed his paintings. More on Frederick James Elliott

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