C1814

Cliffs, distant 5 or 6 miles: taken Jan.26.1802 at five p.m.

Rare coastal profile of the Great Australian Bight, by William Westall, artist on board Matthew Flinders seminal survey of the Australia on the Investigator.Flinders, January 26, 1802. Flinders Jan. 26, 1802:Our course from noon was nearly east at the distance of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Cliffs, distant 5 or 6 miles: taken Jan.26.1802 at five p.m.

Date:

C1814

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

460mm 
x 75mm
AUTHENTICITY
Cliffs, distant 5 or 6 miles: taken Jan.26.1802 at five p.m. - Antique Print from 1814

Genuine antique
dated:

1814

Description:

Rare coastal profile of the Great Australian Bight, by William Westall, artist on board Matthew Flinders seminal survey of the Australia on the Investigator.Flinders, January 26, 1802.

Flinders Jan. 26, 1802:
Our course from noon was nearly east at the distance of five or six miles from the shore and we ran at the rate of between seven and eight knots, under double-reefed top-sails and foresail. Abreast of our situation at half-past two the level bank again closed in upon the shore, and formed cliffs very similar to those along which we had before run thirty leagues. Their elevation appeared to be from four to six hundred feet, the upper part was brown, and the lower two thirds white but as we advanced, the upper brown stratum was observed to augment in proportional quantity. We could not distinguish, as before, the smaller layers in the two strata and from the number of excavations in the white part, apparently from pieces having fallen down, I was led to think the lower portion of these cliffs to be grit stone rather than calcareous rock. The bank was not covered with shrubs, as before it came to the water side, but was nearly destitute of vegetation, and almost as level as the horizon of the sea.

From of Flinders hydrographic atlas, A voyage to Terra Australis…, sheet XVII, London : G. and W. Nicol, 1814.

Full title of the atlas;A Voyage to Terra Australis, undertaken for the purpose of completing the discovery of that vast country, and prosecuted in the years 1801, 1802, and 1803, in His Majesty’s Ship The Investigator and subsequently in the armed vessel Porpoise and Cumberland schooner. 

William Westall (1781 - 1850)

Westall was a Royal Academy artist appointed to Mathew Flinders voyage at 19 years of age. His method of drawing topographical views was to rule up his drawing sheets in a grid pattern to obtain an accurate perspective.

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