J. W. HUGGINSEdward DUNCAN, Swan River, 50 miles up Enlarge 1 /1


1781 – 1845

print after


England 1803 – 1882


Swan River, 50 miles up c.1829 Place made: London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper aquatint, printed in colour inks, from one copper plates; hand-coloured Support: buff wove paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.
Edition State: 2nd state [with 'MAJESTY' added]
Impression: undesignated impression as issued
Edition: print run unknown

Edition Notes: The date of this print is usually recorded as 1827. This is the year the original drawing was made. The imprint notes that the drawing was in the possession of F.R. Clause, Esqr., who had travelled to Swan River with Stirling. Clause returned to England in August 1828 where he had the drawing interpreted by W.J. Huggins and engraved by Edward Duncan. This engraving was probably produced as a private commision for Clause around the date of the proclimation of the establishment of the Western Australian settlement in June 1829, as a memento of his involvment. The work does not have the standard imprint ' Published as the act directs', nor 'entered at Stationers Hall' but simply states that it was published by Huggins. The text 'from an original drawing in possession of F.R. Clause, Esqr., surgeon R.N., to whom this engraving is dedicated by his obedient servant J.W. Huggins', also suggests a private commission. The NGA impression has the engraved text, 'Painted by J.W. HUGGINS. Marine Painter to his MAJESTY', Huggins did not receive this honour untill 1834, and the dark printing of this part of the text indicates that it was a later addition.
Dimensions: printed image 25.2 h x 35.6 w cm sheet 27.6 h x 38.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Wordsworth Collection, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2010
Accession No: NGA 2010.1147
Subject: Collection: The Wordsworth collection of Western Australian colonial art, acquired 2010. Australia, Art period: Colonial, Western Australia
  • Purchased by the National Gallery of Australia, from Marie Louise Wordsworth, Perth, October 2010.