1. Nave pel trasporto de' Deportati. 2. Approdo nel porto di Sydney de Deportati. TRANSPORTATION, ANON.

1. Nave pel trasporto de' Deportati…
1. Nave pel trasporto de' Deportati. 2. Approdo nel porto di Sydney de Deportati.

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.

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 genre painting, and in both the vessels depicted look closer to Mediterranean brigantines than true convict ships. The first image shows the embarking of the convicts, presumably in England - although one could easily be confused by their casual Mediterranean attire. The second shows the arrival and disembarking of the transport, with the convicts still looking improbably comfortable. It is particularly intriguing that of the six people gathered at the foot of the gangplank, two appear to be naked Aborigines.

As with the copy in the National Library of Australia, this print has been disbound.

Price (AUD): $1,250.00  other currencies     Ref: #3509166

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