Australian Museum, Sydney

January 22, 2012

The Australian Museum, Sydney. I took a photo of the James Barnet facade of 1864 (his first project as newly-appointed Government Architect) because of the massive stylobate and monumental 14-metre classical Corinthian columns. Like many Sydney buildings, rather more architectural “front” than actual substance!

Further to previous posts of kangaroos, horses and elephants in The Skeleton Room, here are more sketches done during the International SketchCrawl(TM) #34 on 20 January 2012.

Cicadas on Level 2 (Birds & Insects), inspired by the pen drawings of insects by Sarah Simblet, in her book “The Drawing Book”.

Picture windows in the Museum provide views looking north towards St Marys Cathedral, including the Land Titles Office and the Philip+Cook swimming complex, formerly a bowling green belonging to the Sydney Bowls Club.

All manner of stuffed specimens are available for sketching in the Museum’s Discovery Room. Here an Australian Grebe.

Here a kookaburra and a rosella, the overwhelming complexity of which reminded me of the detail of a falcon in one of Holbein’s paintings.


Simblet, Sarah. The Drawing Book. London, Dorling-Kindersley, 2009.

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