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Preston, Walter After Joseph Lycett (probably)

Black swans of New South Wales, view on Reid’s Mistake River, New South Wales
Engraving, printed in black ink, from a copper plate

18.4 x 25.8 cm

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Engraved by W Preston from a drawing by Joseph Lycett Plate-mark 24.1 x 34.8 cms Inscribed below image centre: “engraved by W Preston from a drawing by Capt Wallis 46th Reg.” and “London Pubd Sept.1, 1820 at R Ackermann’s, 101 Strand” From Australian Views, By Captain Wallis, Published by Rudolph Ackermann London, 1 September, 1820 . Copies Illustrated: Joseph Lycett Convict Artist John McPhee HHT 2006 no 25, page 82 Printed images in colonial Australia 1901-1901, Roger Butler, NGA page 58 Comments: One of twelve plates from Australian Views, By Captain Wallis 1820 London which is stated by Butler as the first edition of the London plates. The catalogue details from Daniel Thomas’s 1989 3rd edition of the book on the Joseph Brown states this engraving is “One of twelve views illustrating Captain James Wallis’s An Historical Account of the Colony of New South Wales. For sale in Sydney, January 1819, re-dated for publication in London.” However Butler states at page 57 in Printed that “On his return to England Wallis arranged for the publication of his views by the London publisher Rudolph Ackermann, and the copper plates were engraved with the imprint 1 September 1820. The twelve prints were first issued without text, but the title on paper wrappers contained the salient selling points for English patrons: AUSTRALIAN VIEWS, BY CAPTAIN WALLIS. Singularly curious, having been engraved on the common sheet copper, employed in coppering the bottom of ships, by Preston, a convict, after Drawings by Captain Wallis, and are the first specimens produced in this infant community. They afford the most correct views of the localities of Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains- of Sydney Cove from Bennilong (sic) Point-of Newcastle- Black Swans and Scenery- Hunter’s River and Christ Church, First ever erected in view of Pacific Ocean! Etc”

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