Walter PRESTONJohn EYREAbsalom WEST, Port Jackson Harbour, in New South Wales: with a distant view of the Blue Mountains. Taken from South Head. Enlarge 1 /1

Walter PRESTON

England 1777 – Unknown, possibly Australia 1819 /0

Engraver

  • Australia 1812-19

John EYRE

Coventry, England born 1771 – after 1812

Print after

  • Australia 1801 - after 1812?

Absalom WEST

England Died after 1814

publisher

  • Australia 1798-1814

Port Jackson Harbour, in New South Wales: with a distant view of the Blue Mountains. Taken from South Head. 1812
Collection Title: Views in New South Wales. Sydney: West, 1813
Page: plate 2
Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper engraving, printed in black ink, from one copper plate Support: paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Edition State: published state
Impression: undesignated impression as issued
Edition: print run unknown

Primary Insc: no inscriptions.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Dimensions: printed image 22.2 h x 37.9 w cm plate-mark 27.4 h x 40.5 w cm sheet 31.0 h x 45.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2004
Accession No: NGA 2005.291.2
Subject: Australia, Art period: Colonial, New South Wales
Provenance:
  • Private collection, Sydney.
  • Purchased by the National Gallery of Australia, from Horden House, Sydney, 2005

In 1813 the emancipist Absalom West began publishing a series of engravings of the infant colony. Views in New South Wales included panoramic views of the settlement at Port Jackson, in addition to those established at Newcastle for the incarceration of secondary offenders and at Richmond on the Hawkesbury River.

West employed local convict artists and engravers to produce twenty-four views over two years, with many of the detailed scenes drawn by John Eyre and skilfully engraved on copper plates by Walter Preston and Philip Slager. This set of views was published in Sydney for a local clientele, including naval and army officers, and the captains and crew of trading ships. West dedicated the series to Governor Macquarie, hoping to ensure his patronage to make the series more desirable to the public.

The set of twelve engravings follows a definite plan, with the first two views introducing European settlement. Port Jackson Harbour, in New South Wales: with a distant view of the Blue Mountains. Taken from South Head, the second print in the series, shows the indigenous inhabitants separated from the rapidly encroaching colony by a stretch of water.

 

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Ron Radford (ed), Collection highlights: National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2008

In 1813 the emancipist Absalom West began publishing a series of engravings depicting the infant colony. Views in New South Wales included panoramic views of the settlement at Port Jackson, in addition to those established at Newcastle for the incarceration of secondary offenders and at Richmond on the Hawkesbury River.

West employed local convict artists and engravers to produce 24 views over two years, with many of the detailed scenes drawn by John Eyre and skilfully engraved on copper plates by Walter Preston and Philip Slager. This set of views was published in Sydney for a local clientele, including naval and army officers, and the captains and crew of trading ships. West dedicated the series to Governor Macquarie, hoping to ensure his patronage to make the series more desirable to the public.

The set of engravings follows a definite plan, with the first two views introducing European settlement. Port Jackson Harbour, in New South Wales: with a distant view of the Blue Mountains. Taken from South Head, the second print in the series, shows the Indigenous inhabitants separated from the rapidly encroaching colony by a stretch of water.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2014
From: Collection highlights: National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2014