View of the the Country round Hobart Town in Van Dieman's Land; reduced on zinc by G. Scharf from a drawing by Lycett in the collection of Professor Buckland at Oxford.

View of the the Country round Hobart Town in Van Dieman's Land…
View of the the Country round Hobart Town in Van Dieman's Land; reduced on zinc by G. Scharf from a drawing by Lycett in the collection of Professor Buckland at Oxford.

London: Charles Hullmandel, 1840.

Lithograph on paper, 225 x 827 mm.; mounted, and in a handsome nineteenth century frame.

Lycett's magnifcent panorama of Hobart

A rare and most attractive panorama of Hobart, prepared from a drawing by the famous convict artist Joseph Lycett and possibly based on earlier drawings by George William Evans, the deputy surveyor. Joseph Lycett (c.1775-1828) was convicted of larceny and transported to New South Wales for 14 years, arriving on the General Hewitt in 1814. He had been trained as a portrait and miniature painter in Staffordshire, so his services as a professional artist were much in demand in the early years of the colony.

A rare and most attractive panorama of Hobart, prepared from a drawing by the famous convict artist Joseph Lycett and possibly based on earlier drawings by George William Evans, the deputy surveyor. Joseph Lycett (c.1775-1828) was convicted of larceny and transported to New South Wales for 14 years, arriving on the General Hewitt in 1814. He had been trained as a portrait and miniature painter in Staffordshire, so his services as a professional artist were much in demand in the early years of the colony.

Soon after arrival Lycett started working for the Sydney publisher and print maker Absalom West and was then appointed artist to Major-General Macquarie, Governor of New South Wales. Impressed with Lycett's talents, Macquarie sent three of his drawings to Earl Bathurst, Secretary for the Colonies, who soon after granted a pardon to the artist. Lycett left Sydney in 1822 and whilst living in London produced most of the Australian subjects for which he is now celebrated.

This fine lithograph is based on an original drawing and was a commission by Professor Buckland, an Oxford academic and a geologist and palaeontologist. "A letter dated 17 January 1840 from Buckland to the botanist Robert Brown confirms both the date and his ownership of the drawing: 'Scharf is drawing for me on zinc a reduction of my large drawing by Lycett of Hobart Town & I am anxious to get the trees correct. I will thank you to call at 14 Francis Street, Tottenham Court Road — where the drawing now is and give a word or 2 of advice'." (McPhee, Joseph Lycett, p. 271)

The lithographer of the print, George Scharf, had studied lithography in Germany before enlisting in the British Army. Later he worked in London with several lithographic publishers including Rudolph Ackermann and Charles Hullmandel. Hullmandel, who printed this panorama, had his own lithographic press: "Hullmandel's refinement of the lithographic process achieved greater subtlety and graduations of tone, as well as the ability to create a soft wash of colour" (McPhee).

This fine panoramic view is a superbly executed and beautiful lithograph; rare in any form, this is an example of the state with the artist's name reading "Lycet" and "Profefsor" misspelled.

Price (AUD): $11,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4307515

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