Photographs of Views of Sydney, 1842. From sketches by John Rae, M.A. John RAE.
Photographs of Views of Sydney, 1842. From sketches by John Rae, M.A.

Photographs of Views of Sydney, 1842.
Photographs of Views of Sydney, 1842. From sketches by John Rae, M.A.

Sydney: Charles Potter, 1893.

Large oblong album of 27 original photographs mounted on card with letterpress title-page; bound in gilt lettered full dark blue morocco by the Government Binder.

Rare and sumptuous album of early Sydney prepared at the artistic pinnacle of Government printing and binding.

Rare and sumptuous album of early Sydney prepared at the artistic pinnacle of Government printing and binding.
John Rae (1813-1900), a talented amateur artist, was actively involved in the use of photography, and as early as 1855 gave two lectures on the subject at the Sydney School of Arts. Several of Rae's early drawings are thought to have been done with the aid of photography, an interest he shared with his friend John Skinner Prout.
The Sydney Morning Herald mentions in September 1855 that Rae had recently built a camera obscura on the roof of his house "Hilton" in Darlinghurst. In 1900 the Bulletin praised his keen artistic perception and considered his collection of views of Sydney as one of the best extant.
This fine album, prepared by the Government Printer, consists of 27 full-page photographs of these earlier Sydney watercolours. It is recorded that these sketches were sent to the Calcutta Exhibition in 1883 and to the Centennial International Exhibition in 1888 and gained much favourable comment.
The views include: Macquarie Street, Bent Street, Hyde Park, George Street, York Street and Rushcutter's Bay.

Price (AUD): $3,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4202802

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