Professions & Trades-Architects, etc
Title:The Trumpeter, in the Guard-room.Date:C1850Artist:Albert Henry Payne (1812-1902)Image Size:170mm x 135mmCondition:In good conditionTechnique:Original engravingStock Number:MUSI 01 (DRW04)
Title:The Reform Bill Debate in the Victorian Assembly: The Premier Addressing The House.Date:C1880Artist:UnknownImage Size:320mm x 455mmCondition:In good condition, with centre fold as issued.Technique:Original engraving.Stock Number:AS POL AA 800619136 ` (C101)Description:Read full description
Wonderful large colonial engraving of the Premier of Victoria addressing the House.
From the original edition of The Australasian Sketcher.
Title:Election Sketches.Date:C1886Artist:UnknownImage Size:430mm x 240mmCondition:In good condition.Technique:Original engraving.Stock Number:AS POL 860310041 (DRW05)Description:Read full descriptionAmusing colonial cartoon of election campaigning in Australia.Inset titles from top left clockwise:
1. A fit & proper person
2. "On the contrary"
3. A show of hands for & against
4. Another plank -- Woman suffrage
5. The Elector who would ask that awkward question
6. The gas was turned out and
7. "All that I have said against coalition I take back"
From the original edition of the Australasian Sketcher.
APOTHECARY & CHEMISTRY
Title:Furnaces for the Reduction of AntimonyDate:C1805Artist:Artist unknownImage Size:250mm x 200mmCondition:In good condition.Technique:Original steel engravingStock Number:CHEM 05 (DRW02)
Title:Observatoire de Peking, tire du Pere le Comte.Date:C1764Mapmaker:Jacques Nicolas Bellin (1703-1773)Image Size:180mm x 255mmCondition:In good condition, with centre fold as issued.Technique:Copper engraving hand colouredStock Number:HGDV 0620 AST (DRW01)Description:Read full description
French engraving of the observatory in Beijing from the accounts of Louis le Comte (1655–1728) who was member of the 1687 French Jesuit mission to China under Jean de Fontaney.
From Prevost, Histoire generale des voyages.
Title:The Village Smithy, by Lewis in the Crystal Palace Picture GalleryDate:C1860Artist:LewisImage Size:310mm x 230mmCondition:In good condition.Technique:Original engravingStock Number:BLAC 04 (DRW)
Title:Doctor Syntax & bookseller.Date:C1815Artist:Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827)Image Size:110mm x 185mmCondition:In good condition.Technique:N/AStock Number:TTODSAP 025 COMIC (DRW02)Description:Read full description
Amusing aquatint by THomas Rowlandson of f Dr Syntax the fictitious character created by William Combe (1742-1823) based on his early life of an adventurer.
From Combe's, The Tour of Doctor Syntax, in the search of the Picturesque A Poem. Ackerman, London 1815
Title:Hop-Picking near Bairnsdale.Date:C1880Artist:Artist unknownImage Size:212mm x 325mmCondition:In good conditionTechnique:Engraving.Stock Number:AS BEER 800313024 (DRW 01)Description:
Rare engraving of hop pickers, from the original edition of the Australasian Sketcher.
Title:Brewery of the Victoria Brewing, Malting and Distilling Company Limited, Melbourne.Date:C1887Artist:Albert Charles Cooke (1836-1902)Image Size:151mm x 200mmCondition:In good conditionTechnique:Hand coloured engraving.Stock Number:VAIM VM 2683 (C047)
Title:A new system of brickmaking.-Gregg's Combination Machine.Date:C1882Artist:Artist unknnown.Image Size:190mm x 290mmCondition:In good condition.Technique:Engraving.Stock Number:ISN 822020 ()Description:Very rare engraving showing brick making in colonial Australia. From the original edition of the Illustrated Sydney News.
BUSH SCENES & ACTIVITIES
Title:Finding Clara Crosbie After Being Three Weeks in the Bush.Date:C1885Artist:UnknownImage Size:170mm x 230mmCondition:In good condition.Technique:Original engraving.Stock Number:AS AA BUSH 850629105B (DRW01)Description:Read full description
Engraving of Clara Crosbie the twelve year old who went missing for three weeks in the Bush.From the original edition of the Australasian Sketcher.Clara Harriet Crosbie was twelve years old when she went missing in the bush near Yellingbo in the Yarra Valley in May 1885. ‘The child had been sent on a visit to a neighbour about a mile from her mother’s house’, reported the Argus, but ‘as a town-bred girl, of warm affections and quick impulses … she resolved to find her way home, although she did not know the way.’ Faced with the perilous wilds, Clara took shelter in the hollow of a tree for three weeks, emerging to crawl her way to a nearby creek, withered and athirst for water. Days would pass, Clara’s cooee’s for help unanswered. Eventually, her cries were heard – by chance – by two men named Cowan and Smith while they were in the vicinity searching for horses. A low sound, ‘like a young blackbird’s whistle’, had caught the acute ear of the two experienced bushmen and they followed the ‘wailing note borne softly on the breeze’ to its source. With the return of each low and piercing cooee, the men at last caught sight of the little girl, frail and woebegone. ‘The little creature was tottering towards us, in her ulster, without shoes or stockings on, but quite sensible’ and in a state ‘so weak she could scarcely stand’ the men recounted. Clara was admitted to Melbourne Hospital suffering lacerations, swollen feet and chafed knees. Suffering exposure and starvation from her ordeal, it was reported that ‘she had not tasted the least thing during the whole three weeks (except once having chewed a bit of bark).’ Her inclination to sleep and rest rather than wandering exhaustedly about accounted for her comparatively good condition. Upon being discharged from hospital, she was despatched to the Protestant Orphanage in Brighton where she remained for some time while authorities decided what to do with her. There were suggestions in the press at the time that Clara’s mother was an unfit parent and so, rather bizarrely, her caretakers determined that a desirable solution was to ‘offer’ the girl to Maximilian Kreitmayer, a Melbourne waxworks proprietor. Clara’s mother was favourable to the proposal and decided that Kreitmayer would ‘clothe, educate and bring Clara up properly.’ A further agreement was made whereby Kreitmayer paid Clara’s father a handsome three pounds a week for the privilege of exhibiting her. Twice each day Clara would perform a scripted account of her frightening story and of how she ‘lived in the Bush for 21 days WITHOUT FOOD.’ In December 1885 she proceeded to Sydney to repeat the spectacle. Some weeks later, on 11 January 1886, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that around 150,000 people had visited the show.Source; National Portrait Gallery ACT
Title:The Punishment of a Butcher of Grand Cairo for selling Stinking Meat by nailing one his Ears to his Shop Door, and placing a piece of the Flesh in a wire which is run thro' his Nose.Date:C1778Artist:UnknownImage Size:280mm x 155mmCondition:In good condition.Technique:Copper engraving hand colouredStock Number:NCSGM 011 AFR (DRW 008)Description:Read full description
A scene of Butcher's fate for selling rancid meat.
From Charles Theodore Middleton's A Complete System of Geography.
Title:Carpenter's Tools.Date:C1819Artist:Abraham Rees (1743-1825)Image Size:245mm x 190mmCondition:In good condition.Technique:Original EngravingStock Number:CUASL 005 CARP (CT)Description:
Early C19th engraving of carpenters tools.
Title:Gt. Collins St. Looking East from Wesleyan Chapel, Melbourne.Date:C1857Artist:Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-1880)Image Size:170mm x 220mmCondition:In good conditionTechnique:Hand coloured engraving.Stock Number:VILL VM 0146 (C052)Description:Read full description
Superb early colonial engraving by S.T.Gill in his usual style. Interestingly the the shop on the right is a Chemist, very rare to have identified in colonial art.
Title:Senior Family Chemist by Special Appointment to His Excellency The Governor.Date:C1869Artist:S.T. LeighImage Size:170mm x 97mmCondition:In good condition In good conditionTechnique:Hand coloured engraving.Stock Number:THTS 002 NS (B006)Description:Read full description
Wonderful colonial advertisement printed with gold lettering by S.T. Leigh of Senior Chemists, 252 George Street, Sydney. The shop front can be seen in the photograph -
*note photograph is for reference only and is not sold with the advertisement.
Title:The chalked-off coachman's free and easy.Date:C1810Artist:UnknownImage Size:150mm x 100mmCondition:In good condition.Technique:Hand coloured engraving.Stock Number:SPMAG 001 (DRW07)Description:Read full descriptionScarce engraving from the original edition of the Sport Magazine A periodical issued on a monthly basis that the proprietors aimed to "Advise of all the Transactions of The Turf, The Chace, and every other Diversion Interesting The man of Pleasure and Enterprize."
Title:Assorted Vegetable DishesDate:C1880Artist:Isabella Beeton (1836-1865)Image Size:100mm x 160mmCondition:Some discolouration and crease on lower LHS, otherwise in good condition.Technique:N/AStock Number:MBPOH 05A ()Description:Read full description
Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management
Scarce lithograph from “Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management,” which aimed to be a comprehensive guide of all aspects of running a household during the Victorian era in Britain. It was first published in 24 monthly parts from 1859 - 1861 by S. O. Beeton Publishing (founded by her husband) and it continued to be published after her death in 1865. With an emphasis on mainly food, Beeton’s goal was to provide men with such well-cooked food at home, that they would be sated enough to not eat at out at their clubs and dining-houses. Yet interestingly, it appears that Mrs. Beeton, like many British people of her social class, had no real experience in cooking. This is evident in passages where she suggests boiling pasta for an hour and forty-five minutes. She was the first to create a user friendly formula by listing ingredients and even estimated costs of each recipe, whereas earlier publications employed more a more complex style with dauntingly long and confusing paragraphs.