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Views of Australian Scenery. Painted by Westall. Engraved by Byrne. Nine Very Fine Plates. Price Fifteen Shillings [label title]....
London: G. & W. Nicol, 1814. Oblong folio, nine engraved plates, without a title-page as issued; original white wrappers with titling label printed in gold on black gloss paper bound in, full red morocco by Sangorski, gilt. Separately issued suite of Flinders views. An attractive copy of the separate publication of views of Australia made by William Westall, the official artist on the Flinders voyage. These are the first records of Australian landscape to be made by a Royal Academy artist.William Westall (1781-1850) was recommended by Benjamin West, president of the Royal Academy, for appointment as landscape artist to Matthew Flinders's voyage in the Investigator. Their circumnavigation of Australia from 1801 to 1803 was a momentous undertaking and the views prepared on the voyage constitute in most instances the earliest European depictions of parts of Australia.Westall completed about one hundred and forty sketches and watercolours during the voyage. In 1811 Matthew Flinders, in conference with Sir Joseph Banks and the artist, chose just nine of them to be worked up into oil paintings for the Admiralty. The selected views were also engraved by Byrne as illustrations for the official account, published in 1814. The views are: Kangaroo Island, Malay Road, Wreck-Reef Bank, Murray's Islands, King George's Sound, Port Jackson, Port Bowen, Gulf of Carpentaria, and Port Lincoln.There were two issues of this separate publication of the views: this one, which sold for fifteen shillings, and a larger paper issue which sold for one guinea....
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