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The Australian tourStereoscope, card mount measuring 175 x 83mm. Rare stereoscopic photograph of the Royal Navy "Flying Squadron" on their visit to the Derwent River in January 1870. The Flying Squadron, under the command of Rear Admiral Hornby, was a travelling display of British naval supremacy which.....
England? circa 1840.
Early watercolourWatercolour drawing heightened with gum arabic, within an ink border, 202 x 145mm; mounted on blue paper probably from an album. A charming early depiction of Sturt's Desert Pea, the floral emblem of South Australia, first collected by William Dampier off the coast of Western.....
Paris: Tastu, 1833. Lithographed view on china paper, 175 x 315 mm (image size); mounted. Good view of Sydney, taken during the visit of the French expedition of Dumont-Durville, which spent a few weeks in Sydney. The view is taken from what is now the Botanic Gardens, towards Lady Macquarie's.....
[Sydney]: S. Sedgefield (signed as lithographer), circa 1870. Tinted lithograph, 192 x 340 mm., mounted. A charming separately issued lithograph showing Bear Island before it was joined to the mainland at La Perouse, Sydney and prior to the construction of a fort built in the 1880s to ward off the.....
[Sydney]: S. Sedgefield (signed as lithographer), circa 1870. Tinted lithograph, 192 x 340 mm., mounted. An unusual and separately issued view of Rushcutters Bay, Sydney. This view, looking up from the Harbour, shows Darling Point populated by only a few stately villas. In the background can be seen the spire.....
Sydney: circa 1850.
Government House and Fort Macquarie from the HarbourOil on artists' board, 139 x 291 mm. An attractive nineteenth century painting of Sydney and its Harbour. In the foreground sits a three-masted schooner under sail, whilst to the left can be seen Government House and to the.....
London: n.d., circa 1790.
The city of Sydney bears his nameMezzotint engraving, 440 x 310 mm. A fine and fresh impression: Lord Sydney, after the official portrait by Gilbert Stuart, the celebrated American portraitist – the "father of American portraiture" – who worked in England from 1775 until the.....
London: Boydell, circa 1819.
Cook's officers described it to him as a Roman Catholic ChapelHand-coloured aquatint, 280 x 410 mm., Whatman paper with 1819 watermark; very good. Arresting image of the Tahitian chief Waheiadooa (Vehiatua) lying in state. Cook recorded in August 1777 that his curiosity had taken him.....
London: Printed & Sold by Carington Bowles, Published as the Act directs, 24 June 1779.
Convict Hulks on the ThamesHandcoloured engraving, 360 x 505 mm. in fine original condition, mounted and framed. Earliest issue of this fascinating depiction with vibrant contemporary handcolouring of convicts from the hulks labouring on.....
London: Cadell and Davies, 1802. Handcoloured engraving, 260 x 200 mm. mounted. A fine original hand coloured engraving of the splendid mountain eagle of New South Wales. The wedge-tailed eagle is Australia's largest bird of prey with a wingspan of up to 2.5m. This engraving was produced in London by.....
London: Cadell and Davies, 1802.
After Thomas WatlingHandcoloured engraving, 267 x 200 mm. mounted. Fine hand-coloured impression of this famous depiction of the "Maenura Superba" or Superb Lyre Bird, one of the world's largest songbirds renowned for its elaborate tail and courtship displays and its excellent mimicry. The present.....
London: Alex Hogg, n.d., but circa 1784.
Cook's editorsPair of engraved portraits on single sheet, 240 x 380 mm. Striking oval portraits of two men involved in the publication of Cook's voyages, from Anderson's Voyages of Captain Cook. Hawkesworth was of course the writer who published Cook's first voyage.....
London: The London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, circa 1871.
The pleasure of his company…Photograph measuring 89 x 59 mm. (image), on card with printed caption, verso bears printed details of the London Stereoscopic Company, fine. Scarce contemporary photographic image of Arthur Orton, the Australian butcher who claimed the identity.....
London: circa 1871.
The pleasure of his company…Photograph, 89 x 59 mm. (image), on printed card, with ms. ink inscription on the bottom margin: "Arthur Orton - alias T. Castro - alias Sir Roger C. Tichborne - 1871. Sentenced to 14 years penal servitude - 1874" A rare image.....
circa 1793-, 1797.
By an artist for Flinders and BlighWatercolour, oval shape, 132 x 195 mm., tipped on to card, in gilt frame. A finely executed watercolour of a fleet amidst icebergs. Although unsigned, this watercolour was originally found in a nineteenth century album with another of very similar.....
Italy: n.d., circa 1830. Two lithographic plates, 105 x 130 mm. each, on a single sheet; disbound. A rare and unusual piece of transportation history, showing a delightful and rather fanciful depiction of two scenes from the voyages to Sydney. In both scenes there is a distinct sense of classical.....
New South Wales: circa 1860s.
Oysters for allSepia drawing 110 mm x 170 mm (image size); mounted, in an early timber frame. Charming rendering of a colonial woman oystering -- a rare subject. Far from being the preserve of the gourmet, oysters in 19th century Sydney were fodder for.....
Probably Venice: variously dated from 1795 to 1825.
Fine Commedia dell'arte watercoloursOblong small quarto album, 185 x 275mm, containing forty-six watercolours of various sizes and shapes ranging from delicate circular vignettes to larger scenes of urban and theatrical life, elegantly bound in nineteenth-century ochre morocco with ornate gilt decoration.....
c, 1825. Lithograph on brown washed paper with white heightening, 290 x 370 mm., mounted. Carle Vernet (1758-1836) was trained by his father, Claude-Joseph. He won the Prix de Rome in 1782 and the Legion of Honor in 1808 with one of his battle scenes. Vernet was a horseman, riding.....
Somerset: circa 1840.
A rare original watercolour by one of Australia's celebrated artistsOriginal sepia watercolour with manuscript title in Wallis's hand, 167 x 368 mm, mounted. Inscribed lower right by James Wallis, "View of Culborne Church and Bristol Channel, Somersetshire". Wallis arrived in Sydney in February, 1814 in charge.....
London: Rudolph Ackermann, dated September 1, 1820.
Engraved by convict hands upon sheathing copperEngraved view measuring 230 x 335mm. (plate size), early handcolouring. An early engraved view of Sydney Cove, itself the extraordinary outcome of the fruitful relationship between two convict engravers, Walter Preston and Joseph Lycett, and the.....
London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1820. Handcoloured engraving, 230 x 335 (plate size), mounted. Very rare and attractive view of Vaucluse, from Wallis's Historical Account of the Colony,the first view book engraved in Australia. This work was an extraordinary collaboration between Major James Wallis, then commander of the convict settlement at Newcastle.....
Paris: chez Isabey, circa 1785.
Early proof of the French versionEngraving, 300 x 220 mm (image size), early proof plate without caption, mounted. A fine early proof copy of the French version of Webber's famous image, before the caption has been added. The general tone is very light; in.....