C1869

Destruction of St.Mary’s Cathedral, looking from the North-West.

Artist:

John Rider Roberts (1820 - 1868)

Very rare colonial engraving of the burning of St. Mary’s Cathedral Sydney. Ffrom the original edition of the Illustrated Sydney News.

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S/N: ISN-NS-650715008A–234191
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Full Title:

Destruction of St.Mary’s Cathedral, looking from the North-West.

Date:

C1869

Artist:

John Rider Roberts (1820 - 1868)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

185mm 
x 112mm
AUTHENTICITY
Destruction of St.Mary's Cathedral, looking from the North-West. - Antique Print from 1869

Genuine antique
dated:

1869

Description:

Very rare colonial engraving of the burning of St. Mary’s Cathedral Sydney.

Ffrom the original edition of the Illustrated Sydney News.

Biography:

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 and provided many topographical drawings and became 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.

He was a well known water colourist and exhibited in many colonial exhibitions.

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