Charles BRUCE, Hobart Town chain gang. Enlarge 1 /1

Charles BRUCE

Scotland 1807 – Australia 1851

engraver

  • Australia from 1829

Hobart Town chain gang. c.1831 Place made: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper etching, printed in black ink, from one copper plate Support: thin wove paper
Edition State: published state
Impression: undesignated impression as issued
Edition: print run unknown

Primary Insc: No inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed verso on mount upper centre in black pencil, '12/3/72 Similar engraving exhibited by Mr Ken Von Bibra at Battery Point Hall Hobart / written on this engraving was 'THIS IS NO OTHERWISE CURIOUS THAN AS A SPECIMEN / OF THE FIRST EFFORTS AT ENGRAVING IN VAN DIEMENS LAND' / 'SENT HOME FROM VAN DIEMENS LAND / 1831' / One other known copy is in the Mitchell Library, Sydney.'
Dimensions: plate-mark 11.4 h x 33.8 w cm sheet 14.4 h x 35.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2003
Accession No: NGA 2003.310
Subject: Australia, Art period: Colonial, Tasmania
Provenance:
  • Purchased by the National Gallery of Australia, from John McPhee, Sydney, 2003.