C1866

Demolition of the old Lunatic Asylum, at Parramatta.

Rare colonial engraving  of the first asylum for the insane in Australia. Castle Hill Lunatic Asylum was Australia’s first official institution which provided care for the mentally ill. It was located approximately 7 mile north of Parramatta. It was established by … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Demolition of the old Lunatic Asylum, at Parramatta.

Date:

C1866

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

115mm 
x 75mm
AUTHENTICITY
Demolition of the old Lunatic Asylum, at Parramatta. - Antique View from 1866

Genuine antique
dated:

1866

Description:

Rare colonial engraving  of the first asylum for the insane in Australia. Castle Hill Lunatic Asylum was Australia’s first official institution which provided care for the mentally ill. It was located approximately 7 mile north of Parramatta. It was established by Lachlan Macquarie in May 1811, it operated until 1826 and housed in a two-storey stone building which was previously a granary and also served as a barracks at one time.

From the original edition of the Illustrated Sydney News.

John Rider Roberts (1820 - 1868)

Roberts was a landscape painter, illustrator, surveyor and architect. He was firstly in partnership with Henry Haege as surveyors, civil engineers and architects. One of Roberts’s major artistic activities was 'improving’ the survey plans he and Haege provided for land auctioneers by adding topographical views of the areas up for subdivision. Roberts was closely associated with the Illustrated Sydney News up until his death. He provided many topographical drawings and was head of the art department. Roberts also 'tidied up’ drawings from less competent artists before the woodblocks were made. Roberts seems to have been the last of the many proprietors in partnership with its longstanding engraver, printer and publisher, W.G. Mason. Listed as a painter, architect and surveyor of Hordern Street, Newtown, in 1867, John R. Roberts died of 'dropsy’ on 30 June 1868.

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