Henry, Earl Bathurst. From an original picture in the possession of Sir George Thomas, Bart. Drawn by J. Wright, engraved by H. Meyer. Thomas PHILLIPS, Henry MEYER, after, engraver.

Henry, Earl Bathurst. From an original picture in the possession of Sir George Thomas, Bart. Drawn by J. Wright, engraved by H. Meyer.

London: T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1810.

Stipple engraving, 380 x 300mm. (plate size), a little toning at the margins, very good.

Fine engraved portrait of Henry Bathurst, the Tory politician who instigated the Bigge reports into the convict system of New South Wales under the administration of Governor Macquarie.

Fine engraved portrait of Henry Bathurst, the Tory politician who instigated the Bigge reports into the convict system of New South Wales under the administration of Governor Macquarie.
As Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1812-1827, Bathurst was intimately involved with affairs in New South Wales, and the present-day township bears his name. Concerned by the escalating cost of maintaining the colony, Bathurst ordered the Commission of Enquiry executed by John Thomas Bigge. Macquarie's administration was criticised in the outcome, especially his treatment of the convicts and ticket-of-leave men which was perceived as being too lenient. Ultimately, the Bigge report instigated by Bathurst led to the replacement of Macquarie by Major-General Sir Thomas Brisbane.

Price (AUD): $900.00  other currencies     Ref: #4109646