View of Sydney in New South Wales (Taken from Bell Mount). John EYRE.
View of Sydney in New South Wales (Taken from Bell Mount).

View of Sydney in New South Wales (Taken from Bell Mount).

London: James Whittle & Richard Holmes Laurie, 1814.

Engraving on paper, 290 x 430 mm; a good, well-inked impression.

From Bellevue Hill

A lovely, early Sydney view: the city and Harbour is shown from the Bellevue Hill and Vaucluse area, looking westward. This fine engraving was published by Laurie and Whittle, well-known London publishers of maps and charts. In 1814 they prepared a 'Catalogue of Perspective Views Coloured for the Shew Glass or Diagonal Mirror'. This catalogue comprised topographical views from around the world and included just three engravings of the new settlement in New South Wales - this and one other of Sydney and one of Parramatta. All three prints were based on original watercolours prepared by John Eyre.

A lovely, early Sydney view: the city and Harbour is shown from the Bellevue Hill and Vaucluse area, looking westward. This fine engraving was published by Laurie and Whittle, well-known London publishers of maps and charts. In 1814 they prepared a 'Catalogue of Perspective Views Coloured for the Shew Glass or Diagonal Mirror'. This catalogue comprised topographical views from around the world and included just three engravings of the new settlement in New South Wales - this and one other of Sydney and one of Parramatta. All three prints were based on original watercolours prepared by John Eyre.
Eyre originally prepared a drawing of this view for the colonial entrepreneur Absalom West, who published a series of engravings of the colony in 1813-14. In all West issued 24 views, of which 14 were after drawings by Eyre. John Eyre had arrived in the colony as a convict in 1801; following his pardon in 1804 he received various artistic commissions from Governors King, Bligh and Macquarie. However it is for the views of the east and west sides of Sydney Cove which were published as aquatints in David Mann's The Present Picture of New South Wales (1811), that Eyre is best known.

First Views of Australia, p.163.

Price (AUD): $7,750.00  other currencies     Ref: #4108638

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