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Italy: n.d., circa 1830. Two lithographic plates, 105 x 130 mm. each, on a single sheet; disbound. A rare and unusual piece of transportation history, showing a delightful and rather fanciful depiction of two scenes from the voyages to Sydney. In both scenes there is a distinct sense of classical...
c, 1825. Lithograph on brown washed paper with white heightening, 290 x 370 mm., mounted. Carle Vernet (1758-1836) was trained by his father, Claude-Joseph. He won the Prix de Rome in 1782 and the Legion of Honor in 1808 with one of his battle scenes. Vernet was a horseman, riding...
Freycinet discovers the Vlamingh PlateEngraved plate, 330 x 250mm, mounted. The engraved image of the Vlamingh Plate from the Atlas Historique of Louis de Freycinet's Voyage Autour Du Monde. In 1697 Dutch Captain William de Vlamingh landed at Cape Inscription and found Dirk Hartog's plate, which Hartog...
London: Rudolph Ackermann, dated September 1, 1820.
Engraved by convict hands upon sheathing copperEngraved view measuring 230 x 335mm. (plate size), early handcolouring. An early engraved view of Sydney Cove, itself the extraordinary outcome of the fruitful relationship between two convict engravers, Walter Preston and Joseph Lycett, and the...
London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1820. Handcoloured engraving, 230 x 335 (plate size), mounted. Very rare and attractive view of Vaucluse, from Wallis's Historical Account of the Colony,the first view book engraved in Australia. This work was an extraordinary collaboration between Major James Wallis, then commander of the convict settlement at Newcastle...
[Paris]: [chez Isabey], circa 1785.
Early proof of the French versionEngraving, 300 x 220 mm (image size), early proof plate without caption, mounted. A fine early proof copy of the French version of Webber's famous image, before the caption has been added. The general tone is light; in later...
[Paris]: [chez Isabey], n.d, but circa 1785.
Desirable proof before caption stateEngraving, 300 x 220 mm (image size), "Fessard" and "Webber" present as faint scratch signatures. A further near-final proof of the French version before the complete caption has been added and with names in scratch proof form only...
London: circa 1784. Engraving, 230 x 175 mm., mounted. Portrait of a woman from present day Tonga, originally sketched by Webber on Cook's Third Voyage. Webber completed "a pencil and wash drawing of a young woman with long hair, bare breast and a double necklace composed of pearls or berries"...
London: J. Webber, No. 312 Oxford Street, 1787.
First aquatint issue of Webber's Tahitian viewAquatint in sepia tones on laid paper, 290 x 430 mm, full margins, mounted. A very rare and separately issued form of the View in Matavai, Otaheite prepared by the artists John Webber and Marie...
Sydney: Absalom West, 30 November 1812.
The first views published in AustraliaThree engravings, each 275 x 405 mm.; good impressions, each complete with all caption details, each mounted. Three fine and exceedingly rare views from the series published by Absalom West, one of the most fascinating and enigmatic projects...
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Exeter: W.Spreat, circa 1840.
Pambula RiverHandcoloured lithograph, 165 x 260 mm. A fine Australian view from a series of tinted lithographic plates (published as Sketches in Australia) of Sydney and Harbour areas, mountains and southern coastal regions of New South Wales, "drawn from nature" by Captain Westmacott. Jigama River...
Exeter: W. Spreats Lithographic Establishment, 1848. Hand coloured lithograph; fine, 131x200mm, mounted. An attractive view from Sketches in Australia, taken from drawings by Captain R. M. Westmacott. Shows the first stone bridge built in New South Wales. Prior to European settlement, what is now Emu Plains was on the border...
Exeter: W.Spreat, 1848. Handcoloured lithograph, 225 x 170 mm. A fine Australian view by Robert Marsh Westmacott (1801-1870) from his Sketches in Australia, a series of tinted lithographic plates of Sydney and Harbour areas, mountains and southern coastal regions of New South Wales, "drawn from nature". The Blow Hole is...
London: George Baxter, 1841.
A prelude to violence…Colour Baxter print, approx. 230 x 340 mm. The prelude to one of the most famous scenes of South Seas violence: the massacre of the missionary Reverend John Williams at Erromanga in the New Hebrides. George Baxter has represented, in colour, an...
London: George Baxter, 1841.
A prelude to violence…Colour Baxter print, approx. 230 x 340 mm., mounted. The prelude to one of the most famous scenes of South Seas violence: the massacre of the missionary Reverend John Williams at Erromanga in the New Hebrides. George Baxter has represented, in colour...