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Bear Island Botany Bay - RAWORTH, William Henry - 1870. 
S. Sedgefield (lith.): c. 1870. Tinted lithograph, 192 x 340 mm., mounted. A charming separately issued lithograph showing Bear Island before it was joined to the mainland at La Perouse, Sydney. A fort was constructed on Bear Island in the 1880s to ward off the perceived threat of an attack on Sydney by Russian forces. The fort still stands today as a Sydney tourist attraction, and is connected to the mainland by the original wooden bridge. Although Raworth uses the name Bear Island on this lithograph, it is generally called Bare Island, named unintentionally by James Cook in 1770 when he described it in his journal as 'a small bare island'W.H.Raworth arrived in Sydney from England around 1867. He was involved in a number of exhibitions including the second Annual Art Exhibition at the New South Wales Academy of Art in 1873. At this time one of his pictures sold for the substantial amount of 42 pounds to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.This view is tranquil and picturesque in the best Raworth tradition. slightly creased.
[Bookseller: Hordern House]
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