Robert O'Hara Burke Leader [and] William John Wills. BURKE AND WILLS, DE GRUCHY AND LEIGH.

Robert O'Hara Burke Leader [and] William John Wills.

Melbourne: De Gruchy and Leigh, circa 1862.

Two tinted lithographed portraits, each 125 x 90 mm, excellent.

Rare separately issued lithograph portraits of the explorers. The publishing and printing firm of De Gruchy & Leigh operated in Melbourne and regional Victoria from the late 1850s until the mid 1860s. The company published almanacs and guidebooks as well as prints (portraits, views and genre scenes), maps and architectural plans.

Rare separately issued lithograph portraits of the explorers. The publishing and printing firm of De Gruchy & Leigh operated in Melbourne and regional Victoria from the late 1850s until the mid 1860s. The company published almanacs and guidebooks as well as prints (portraits, views and genre scenes), maps and architectural plans.

In August 1860, shortly before the departure of the Victorian Exploring Expedition, Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills had sat for the Melbourne photographer Thomas Adams Hill. Burke (1821–1861), an Irish-born former policeman, had been appointed leader of the expedition, and Wills (1834–1861) its astronomer and surveyor. In November 1861, news reached Melbourne that the expedition had ended in awful circumstances, Burke and Wills being among the several men who lost their lives in the venture. Hill's earlier portraits of Burke and Wills then became the template for various posthumous commemorative depictions, including this pair of lithographs by the Melbourne printers.

Price (AUD): $925.00

US$670.59   Other currencies

Ref: #4504509