Isaac Walter Jenner / England/Australia 1836–1902 / (View of Brisbane) 1885 / Oil on wood panel / 21.7 × 52.5cm / Purchased 1986 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Isaac Walter Jenner
(View of Brisbane) 1885

On Display: QAG, Gallery 10

Isaac Walter Jenner holds an important place in Queensland’s colonial art history. Self-taught, he had some success in England before moving to Brisbane in 1883. Jenner was a founding member of the Queensland Art Society in 1887 and lobbied consistently for the establishment of a national gallery in Queensland.

Jenner taught art at Miss O’Connor’s School, Oxley, and from 1887 had a private teaching studio at the Brisbane Technical College. His studio at Taringa attracted leading Queensland artists and he is known to have encouraged artist JJ Hilder.

When the Queensland National Art Gallery opened in 1895, Jenner was one of the first three artists to present a painting to the gallery: Cape Chudleigh, Coast of Labrador 1893, reworked 1895.