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Melbourne: circa 1880.
The Yarra River in dawn lightWatercolour on paper, 355 x 540mm, mounted and framed; signed lower right. A lovely example of Ashton's atmospheric watercolours, illustrating his sensitive use of colour and light; the steam ships and the warehouses beyond are painted delicately at sunrise when the.....
Macau: probably mid-1844.
Original watercolour of a street of Chinese shops in MacauWatercolour, 370 x 274 mm; ink caption at centre below; original cropping marks and marginal annotations relating to subsequent publication; now in acid-free mount to original framing dimensions. An important original and atmospheric watercolour, recently rediscovered, depicting.....
Macau: probably mid-1844.
Original watercolour of an important Macau templeWatercolour, 215 x 290 mm; ink caption at lower right; in mount. An important original watercolour by the English artist and architect Edward Ashworth who travelled through Macau and Hong Kong in the 1840s. The T'ou T'ei Temple in Patane.....
England: circa 1795-1800.
An unrecorded version of Banks's favourite portrait, by the daughter of a friendPastel on paper backed onto linen 62 x 50cm; in the original gilt frame and glass. A compelling lifetime portrait of Sir Joseph Banks at the height of his powers, recently rediscovered in England.....
Rare original view in Mauritius by one of Baudin's artistsPencil sketch, 135 x 195 mm.; laid down on the original blue-paper mount, signed on the lower left of the mount and captioned. A striking pencil sketch by the Baudin voyage artist Milbert, done in the south-west of.....
South America: 7 January 1832.
Original panorama from the Beagle voyageOriginal watercolour, 85 x 390mm., inscribed "Point Naga S.65.W. H.M.S Beagle Jan 7 1832" lower left; "Spirito Santo 3.20 distant 5 miles" lower centre; on verso inscribed "Fanny 1836"; backed on tissue and mounted. Striking coastal profile, thought to.....
[Canton]: circa 1863.
Old Canton through European eyesWatercolour on paper, 210 x 300 mm; signed in pencil; mounted. Charming and atmospheric watercolour of the Guangzhou area, depciting the Pearl River at sundown, looking towards old Canton, with the Chigang Pagoda and the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees seen.....
Yantai, Shandong Province, China: 23 June 1860.
HMS Gunboat Opossum during the Taiping RebellionWatercolour, 230 x 380 mm, signed and dated ("Lindesay Brine fecit June 22 1860"); mounted. An attractive and skillfully executed drawing heightened with watercolour. Two Chinese figures carrying baskets have been sketched in the foreground but.....
The Maroubra Beach shipwreckWatercolour, 18.2 x 54 cms. mounted and framed. This watercolour is signed lower left, M Clarke and was painted as the clipper ship Hereward lay on its side wrecked at Maroubra Beach. The Hereward had blown onto soft sand at the northern end of.....
Reading in an Ottoman inspired InteriorOil on canvas, signed lower right 920 x 490 mm, in original Melbourne frame. This large and attractive oil painting is in the original timber frame with the label of the Melbourne maker, W. & C. Dean, Collins Street on verso. It is.....
Timor: during the expedition of the Uranie, 1818.
Beautiful original drawing from the Uranie expedition by Freycinet's official artistFine watercolour, the image 198 x 265 mm., on laid paper; pencil note "Mr. Arago" in Freycinet's later hand at bottom left; mounted. Fine scene in Timor, drawn by Jacques Arago.....
A priest of Guam takes his ease during the Freycinet visitOriginal ink drawing, 310 x 245 mm., fully signed and dated, framed. Jacques Arago, artist on board Freycinet's Uranie during the French circumnavigation of 1817-20, drew this intimate portrait of the priest in Agana, the capital of.....
Sydney: circa 1857.
Looking from Vaucluse to MosmanOil painting on papered boards, 31.3 x 61 cms. in an early gilt frame, signed lower right F. Halsted. The artist George F. Halsted worked in Sydney from the 1850s to the 1880s. It is thought that he may have been the.....
London: 1785. Original watercolour on paper with faint outline of engraving, 250 x 360 mm., signed and dated lower right, mounted. An original watercolour by the highly regarded artist William Hayes (1727-1799) Despite a complete lack of training in any field, Hayes discovered a natural aptitude for painting birds. His.....
[England]: no date but 1857.
From Vah-ta-ah to LydiaOval portrait Baxter print in the original timber frame, 145 x 125 mm., modern labels pasted to back. A most attractive Baxter print of a "Feejean Princess". This image was included as the frontispiece to a book on Fiji by the.....
Miklouho-Maclay's portrait of Koapena for Sir James ErskineSigned with initials, dated twice and extensively inscribed: 31viii 81.Quapena/Luepada of Maupa/District Aroma/South Coast/New Guinea. / "Carthona"/Sydney/23 Jan. 1885/'Momento" from New-Guinea- Commodore J. Erskine. R.N.-, pen and brown ink and pencil with coloured chalk; 34cm x 25 cm, mounted and.....
[Sydney?]: circa 1840s.
Unsigned caricature of three men in mid-century New South WalesThree ink caricatures on a single sheet of laid foolscap paper, 215 x 340 mm. A charming naïve ink sketch executed in mid-century Sydney. The three figures make an interesting tableau and would seem to illustrate a......
Dentrecasteaux Strait Tasmania: probably late January or early February 1802.
A magnificent Australian portrait by the great artist of the Baudin voyageInk, watercolour and gouache on lightly tinted blue paper, 205 x 200 mm (image, within a ruled border) on a sheet measuring 235 x 212 mm; signed lower.....
Straits of Magellan: aboard HMS Salamander, .
The Salamander under steam in the Strait of MagellanPair of original watercolours over pen and pencil, 76 x 298 mm and 80 x 298 mm; signed, inscribed with titles on verso; mounted. A pair of fine original watercolour views by Alexander Rattray.....
Changing the course of Pacific historySigned and inscribed 'no 2 admiral/ Sir G.F. Seymour *.*.*./ John Lucas.' (on reverse); oil on canvas, unlined 1428 x 1118 mm. A magnificent Pacific painting: the superb large portrait of Admiral Sir George Seymour as commander-in-chief at Portsmouth. This imposing full-length.....
England? circa 1840.
Early watercolourWatercolour drawing heightened with gum arabic, within an ink border, 202 x 145mm; mounted on blue paper probably from an album. A charming early depiction of Sturt's Desert Pea, the floral emblem of South Australia, first collected by William Dampier off the coast of Western.....
Sydney: circa 1850.
Government House and Fort Macquarie from the HarbourOil on artists' board, 139 x 291 mm. An attractive nineteenth century painting of Sydney and its Harbour. In the foreground sits a three-masted schooner under sail, whilst to the left can be seen Government House and to the.....
circa 1793-, 1797.
By an artist for Flinders and BlighWatercolour, oval shape, 132 x 195 mm., tipped on to card, in gilt frame. A finely executed watercolour of a fleet amidst icebergs. Although unsigned, this watercolour was originally found in a nineteenth century album with another of very similar.....
New South Wales: circa 1860s.
Oysters for allSepia drawing 110 mm x 170 mm (image size); mounted, in an early timber frame. Charming rendering of a colonial woman oystering -- a rare subject. Far from being the preserve of the gourmet, oysters in 19th century Sydney were fodder for.....