Francis Greenway: A Celebration
Publisher: Cassell Australia 1980 Author/Photographer: Max Dupain ISBN: 0726922153 Format: Hardcover, 135pp, 315x235mm
Francis Greenway, Australia’s first and perhaps greatest architect, arrived – as a convict – in 1814 in the ramshackle town of Sydney which was crumbling to the ground. In Governor Lachlan Macquarie, he found the mentor who was to encourage his great talents between them – in a very short span of time, they created an enduring legacy of some of Australia’s Finest buildings. In this book, the architect meets his match —a skilled photographer sensitive to the delicate harmonies of Greenway’s greatest works. Max Dupain has paid tribute to the beauty of the buildings in his patient search for the exact angle, the perfect incidence of light, the engaging and revealing detail.
The quality of his photography enables us to ‘see’ the architecture anew, from the proud shape of Greenway’s First structure, the lighthouse at South Head which won him a pardon from Macquarie, to the inspiring forms of churches such as St James’ in Sydney and St Matthew’s at Windsor, the finely proportioned brilliance of the Windsor Court House and the Hyde Park Barracks.
This pre-owned copy is in excellent condition, with some slight wear and tear to the original dust cover.