Lieut. Watts. S. SHELLEY, W. SHERWIN.

Lieut. Watts.

London: Stockdale, 8 December, 1789.

Stipple engraving, 230 x 180 mm. (plate size), some spotting else fine.

Uncommon engraved portrait of John Watts, veteran of Cook's third voyage, who sailed with the First Fleet on board Lady Penrhyn. Although published by Stockdale and intended to be included in Governor Phillip's account of New South Wales, it is only rarely seen in the first edition because it was issued too late to be included in most copies (Phillip's account was officially published on 3 December 1789, while this portrait is dated 8 December).

Uncommon engraved portrait of John Watts, veteran of Cook's third voyage, who sailed with the First Fleet on board Lady Penrhyn. Although published by Stockdale and intended to be included in Governor Phillip's account of New South Wales, it is only rarely seen in the first edition because it was issued too late to be included in most copies (Phillip's account was officially published on 3 December 1789, while this portrait is dated 8 December).

Watts entered the Royal Navy in 1770 and in March 1776 was appointed to the Resolution as a midshipman, sailing with Cook on his third voyage. In 1787 he took leave of absence from the Navy to sail with the First Fleet to New South Wales in the convict transport Lady Penrhyn, and ultimately took command of the ship at Port Jackson in order to continue to China for the East India Company. Extracts from Watts' journal of the First Fleet voyage appear in The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay (London, 1789) as do three plates after his sketches. Two are coastal profiles: one shows two views of the Curtis Isles, the other has two views of the Macaulay Isles. The third plate depicts the New Holland Cassowary, Watts being the first known European to depict an emu, having sent the bird to Sir Joseph Banks (DAAO).

Price (AUD): $885.00  other currencies Ref: #4008987