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Artwork of the month
Woodlands- Property of William James Maxwell
19.5 cm x 35 cm
Watercolour on Paper
Known as the Edwardstown Castle, Woodlands was first built as a simple homestead for Alfred Weaver who took up the first land grant in the Woodlands district in 1839. Weaver, over forty acres, developed a fine orchard, and vineyard.
This painting by Tibbits was painted during his 1897 trip to South Australia. It was painted for the owner William James Maxwell, a famous Scottish sculptor who had moved to South Australia for health reasons. Maxwell arrived in south Australia in 1873 and purchased the Woodlands estate in 1893. He went to work developing the colonial homestead into a grand looking house that was reminiscent of a Scottish castle.
Many of Maxwell’s sculpture survives, the most relevant being the statue of Roberts Burns, located on North Terrace.
This watercolour would have been painted just after the renovation of the House was completed. In later years the Castle became a Hotel called ‘The Castle Motor Hotel’. In 1983 the entire building was demolished for a shopping centre development.
It is a brilliant snapshot of a historic piece of South Australian history.
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