C1866

Escape Cliffs, Palmerston, North Australia.

Artist:

Samuel Calvert (1828 - 1913)

Rare early engraving of Escape Cliffs, which was the site of the fourth failed attempt to establish a settle at the Top End. Escape Cliffs are about 60 km north-east of Darwin. In 1864, the year after South Australia was granted … Read Full Description

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S/N: ISN-NT-660915040B–232540
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Full Title:

Escape Cliffs, Palmerston, North Australia.

Date:

C1866

Artist:

Samuel Calvert (1828 - 1913)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

238mm 
x 1502mm
AUTHENTICITY
Escape Cliffs, Palmerston, North Australia. - Antique Print from 1866

Genuine antique
dated:

1866

Description:

Rare early engraving of Escape Cliffs, which was the site of the fourth failed attempt to establish a settle at the Top End. Escape Cliffs are about 60 km north-east of Darwin.

In 1864, the year after South Australia was granted control over the Northern Territory, the South Australian government decided to attempt a settlement of the area sent a surveying and settlement expedition under the command of former state Premier Lieutenant Colonel Boyle Travers Finniss. He had been instructed to establish the settlement at Adam Bay and chose the Escape Cliffs site despite disagreements with other members of his party.


From the original edition of the Illustrated Sydney News.

Biography:

Samuel  Calvert (1828-1913) 

Calvert was an English painter and engraver who moved to Adelaide after his older brothers John and William migrated to South Australia in 1843. By 1850 Calvert had set up on his own account in King William Street then then moved to Melbourne as an engraver in 1853. He was prolific and left a large body of work.

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