C1848

East Boyd, N.S.W.

Artist:

Scarce colonial view of anchor whalers at Boyd town, Twofold Bay. Boyd town was established by the flamboyant English stockbroker Benjamin Boyd. He had established the East Boyd settlement in part to support a new enterprise in shore whaling, an … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

East Boyd, N.S.W.

Date:

C1848

Artist:

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

168mm 
x 82mm
AUTHENTICITY
East Boyd, N.S.W. - Antique View from 1848

Genuine antique
dated:

1848

Description:

Scarce colonial view of anchor whalers at Boyd town, Twofold Bay.

Boyd town was established by the flamboyant English stockbroker Benjamin Boyd. He had established the East Boyd settlement in part to support a new enterprise in shore whaling, an industry which had been operating in the bay since 1828. 

The bay would later become known for the unique symbiotic relationship which developed between local whalers and wild killer whales (orcas) during the annual migration of Baleen whales from Antarctica. The orcas would alert the whalers to the presence of the Baleen in the area by swimming into the mouth of the Kiah River and thrashing the water loudly, making their presence known to the local Davidson whaling family. The orcas would then lead the hunters to the whales and aid in their kill.

Artist:

John Black Carmichael (1811-1857)

Carmichael was a painter, etcher, art teacher and engraver. Despite being ‘deaf and dumb’, a distinguishing handicap often mentioned in relation to his work, Carmichael was nevertheless regarded as one of the most competent engravers in Sydney. He is also notable for having been one of the earliest free emigrant artists to pursue a lifelong professional career in New South Wales.

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