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Vue De George's Street A Sydney
Paris,: Tastu, 1833.. Lithograph, 225 x 330mm, very good condition in mount. One of the earliest views of George Street, published in Dumont D'Urvillle's Atlas Historique from the Voyage de la Corvette l'Asrolabe. The view is looking northeast, with the Guardhouse on the left and a view through the buildings to the masts of the ships anchored at Circular Quay. In the foreground is Bungaree, the Aboriginal leader dressed in British military attire complete with breastplate around his neck. Bungaree was one of the first to receive a breastplate, a practise Governor Macquarie began in 1816.Louis Auguste de Sainson volunteered to join the Astrolabe as a draughtsman in 1826. He was recommended to the expedition's commander Dumont d'Urville by Quoy, one of the naturalists, and joined the ship at Toulon on 7 February 1826. Until the ship returned to France on 1 April 1829 de Sainson earned his monthly salary of 100 francs by producing a total of nearly 500 drawings. The Astrolabe was in Sydney in late 1826, when Sainson would have completed his watercolour view of this scene.Rex Nan Kivell Collection, 3340.
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