Full Record

Summer house in the grounds of the Hordern family mansion, Retford Hall, Darling Point, Sydney, around 1878 / William Sargent
Click on image to enlarge
Request a copy
 
Title:
Summer house in the grounds of the Hordern family mansion, Retford Hall, Darling Point, Sydney, around 1878 / William Sargent
Creator:
Date:
[c1878]
Format:
1 carte-de-visite : sepia toned ; 6.2 x 10.1 cm.
Inscription:
Photographer's name stamped on verso: "William Sargent / Artist". Inscribed in ink on verso: "Grounds around / Retford Hall" / Darling Point / Sydney / NSW / Residence of / Mr S. Hordern.
Subject:
Description:
Retford Hall, an imposing Italianate mansion in Darling Point, was built in 1865-1866 for leading Sydney merchant Anthony Hordern, named for his mother's birthplace in Nottinghamshire. It was designed by former Colonial Architect Edmund Blacket. The property was put up for sale in 1876, shortly before Anthony Hordern's death, but failed to find a buyer and by 1878 was the home of Samuel Hordern. The house remained in Hordern family ownership until its demolition in 1967. [ref. Lesley Hordern 'Children of one family: the story of Anthony and Ann Hordern and their descendants in Australia 1825-1925', Sydney, Retford Press, 1985] This photograph shows the "plateau of grass ... reached by an ornamental flight of stone steps", which was nearly 200 feet above the waters of Sydney Harbour and dominated by a flagstaff. [op cit pp.68-69]
The photographer, William Sargent, is recorded in Sands' Sydney Directories from 1875 until 1888 under the trade listing for 'Artists'. He was born in Calcutta, second son of Major-General Edmond William Sargent of the 18th Royal Irish Regiment. He died at his home in Paddington, Sydney, in September 1889, in "his 39th year".
Source:
Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection ; CSL&RC PIC: small picture file : William Sargent_5
Rights:
You may save or print this image for research and study. If you wish to use it for any other purposes, you must contact Sydney Living Museums to request permission.
Material Type:
Picture
Record number:
38612