Thaddeus Welch

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Eureka Stockade by Beryl Ireland, c1995. State Library of Victoria (H141890)
This work is an over-painted photographic print, photographed by an unknown photographer from the painted canvas by Izett Watson and Thaddeus Welch, which was exhibited as a painted cyclorama in the 'Battle of Waterloo' Cyclorama building, Fitzroy, ca. 1891. This is based on the evidence that the pulleys and brick wall are discernible at the top edge of the image which B. Ireland has not over-painted.

Background

Thaddeus Welch was from the United States of America. Born at La Porte, Indiana, he was the eldest son of Russell and Sarah Welch, and accompanied his parent to Oregon in 1847. Thaddeus Welch attended the California School of Design in San Francisco, and in 1874 attended the Academy of Art at Munich. He spent some time living in Paris before returned to America in 1881.[1]

He married artist Ludmilla Pilat and they lived in New England, United States of America.[2]

He died on 19 December 1919.[3]

Post 1854 Experiences

In 1889 Welch was commissioned to travel to Australia and paint 'The Eureka Stockade' Cyclorama.[4] Welch teamed up with local artist Izett Watson to paint 1000 square feet (90 m²) of canvas of the Eureka Stockade, wrapped around a wooden structure. When it opened in Melbourne, the exhibition was an instant hit. The Age reported in 1891 that "it afforded a very good opportunity for people to see what it might have been like at Eureka". The Australasian claimed "that many persons familiar with the incidents depicted, were able to testify to the fidelity of the painted scene". The people of Melbourne flocked to the cyclorama, paid up and had their picture taken before it. It was eventually dismantled and disappeared from sight.[5]

Thaddeus Welch returned to the United States, settling in Marin County, California.[6]

See also

United States of America

Eureka 37, 1891

Further Reading

Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.

References

  1. Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
  2. Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
  3. Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
  4. Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
  5. http://justgroundsonline.com/group/the-alliance-australia/forum/topics/the-eureka-rebellion?xg_source=activity
  6. Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.

External links

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