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Council displaying historic Elyard watercolour paintings

Shoalhaven City Council is hosting a number of historic Samuel Elyard watercolour paintings at the Nowra Administration Building until the end of November.

The paintings were originally hung to coincide with the recent LGA conference however will remain up for a period of six weeks to allow the wider community the opportunity for viewing.

A prolific painter, photographer and sketcher Samuel Elyard’s (1817-1910) wide catalogue of works featured many of the Shoalhaven’s most iconic landscapes.

Elyard captured many historic local moments throughout his career including the construction of the original Nowra Bridge over the Shoalhaven River and erection of the Nowra School of Arts Building.

Many of Elyard’s other works focused on the area’s rich farmland, natural rainforest and historic 19thcentury Nowra streetscapes.

Shoalhaven City Council Arts Development Manager, Jill Farrar is encouraging residents to view the historic paintings on display at the Nowra Administration Building saying Elyard’s works had captured an historic slice of life in the region.

“Born on the Isle of Wight, Elyard was a colourful figure who later moved to the Shoalhaven and became enamoured with the local landscapes,” said Ms Farrar.

“Shoalhaven City Council has a significant number of Elyards in its Regional Gallery Collection. Judging by the interest in this ‘taste’ of his works on display during the conference, future exhibitions of his art are planned by the Arts Development Unit of Council.

“I would encourage all residents with an interest in art or local history to come in and view this amazing array of work by Samuel Elyard.”

The Samuel Elyard watercolour paintings are on display in the Nowra Administration Building foyer until the end of November.

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