Lord Viscount Sydney…. SYDNEY, John after Gilbert STUART YOUNG.

Lord Viscount Sydney…

London: n.d., circa 1790.

Mezzotint engraving, 440 x 310 mm.

The city of Sydney bears his name

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 late 1780s. A protégé of Benjamin West, with whom he studied for six years, he reached such success in England that at one point only Reynolds and Gainsborough were getting higher prices.

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 late 1780s. A protégé of Benjamin West, with whom he studied for six years, he reached such success in England that at one point only Reynolds and Gainsborough were getting higher prices.

Viscount Sydney was of course instrumental in promoting the idea that a penal colony be formed in New South Wales. As Secretary for the Home Department when the decision was finally made to colonise New South Wales, he was the first to announce, in August 1786, George III's decision to send out the First Fleet. When Arthur Phillip finally decided to establish the settlement at Port Jackson, rather than Botany Bay, he paid the Home Secretary the compliment of naming Sydney after him, now one of the great cities of the world.

Nan Kivell and Spence, p. 300 (and reproduced, p. 317).

Price (AUD): $5,250.00  other currencies Ref: #2708032