Item #4007917 Bathurst Cataract, on the River Apsley. Joseph LYCETT.

Bathurst Cataract, on the River Apsley.

London: J. Souter, November 1824.

Hand-coloured aquatint, 265 x 355 mm., mounted.

"Sublimity and grandeur of the scene"

Joseph Lycett's charming, highly-coloured views are justly famous for providing a remarkable visual record of Australia in the early colonial period. This attractive hand coloured aquatint is from his series Views in Australia published in London in 1825, in which this view was described: "the sublimity and grandeur of the Scene... surpasses all description. Mr. Wentworth in his "Account of Australia" describes it as "a Cataract far surpassing Beckett's Falls in sublimity; one in fact of which few countries can boast a parallel." "This most magnificent Fall, and the River itself, were respectively named Bathurst and Apsley in honour of the noble Secretary of State for the Colonies" (John Oxley).

Joseph Lycett's charming, highly-coloured views are justly famous for providing a remarkable visual record of Australia in the early colonial period. This attractive hand coloured aquatint is from his series Views in Australia published in London in 1825, in which this view was described: "the sublimity and grandeur of the Scene... surpasses all description. Mr. Wentworth in his "Account of Australia" describes it as "a Cataract far surpassing Beckett's Falls in sublimity; one in fact of which few countries can boast a parallel." "This most magnificent Fall, and the River itself, were respectively named Bathurst and Apsley in honour of the noble Secretary of State for the Colonies" (John Oxley).

Lycett had arrived in New South Wales as a convict in 1814. Trained as a portrait and miniature painter in Staffordshire, his services as a professional artist were much in demand and he was soon working for the publisher Absalom West. He was appointed artist to Major-General Macquarie, the governor of New South Wales. Impressed with Lycett's talents, Macquarie sent three of his drawings to Earl Bathurst, Secretary of the Colonies, who, it is supposed in payment, granted a pardon to the artist.

Lycett's Views were celebrated by the late Edmund Capon in the ABC documentary "Art of Australia", who commented that 'when these pictures were first seen in Britain, it was something of a revelation, a little bit like receiving postcards from another planet'.

Condition Report: Overall good.

Price (AUD): $2,250.00

US$1,518.14   Other currencies

Ref: #4007917

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