C1865

Escape of Clarke, the Bushranger, from Braidwood Gaol.

Rare engraving of Thomas Clarke the New South Wales bushranger, who had been detained in Braidwood gaol while awaiting trial for assault and robbery. In October his family arranged his escape. At the inquiry a Goulburn magistrate criticized the lack … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Escape of Clarke, the Bushranger, from Braidwood Gaol.

Date:

C1865

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

225mm 
x 175mm
AUTHENTICITY
Escape of Clarke, the Bushranger, from Braidwood Gaol. - Antique Print from 1865

Genuine antique
dated:

1865

Description:

Rare engraving of Thomas Clarke the New South Wales bushranger, who had been detained in Braidwood gaol while awaiting trial for assault and robbery. In October his family arranged his escape. At the inquiry a Goulburn magistrate criticized the lack of staff and security at the gaol, claiming that it was ‘of more importance than many other prisons … is in the neighbourhood of Araluen … also of Jingera and other places notorious for cattle-stealing, the former place being the locality of the Clarke family’. Clarke and his brother were eventually captured in April 1867 and hanged two months later at Sydney’s Darlinghurst Gaol.

From the original edition of the Illustrated Sydney News.

Frederick Casemero Terry (1826 - 1869)

Terry was an artist and engraver born England and emigrated to Sydney and arriving in Sydney in the early 1850's. He was soon part of colonial society and became known for his paintings and engravings. This engraving is from his rare series Landscape Scenery Illustrating Sydney and Port Jackson, New South Wales printed by Sands and Kenny. Unusually set within an oval image they included views of Sydney town and the harbour, as well a number of country towns. Unfortunately the engraver had mispelt Terry's name and as a result it appears as Fleury. At the 1855 Paris Exhibition he was included with five other Australian artists in having his paintings displayed. He was then invited to exhibit in the Further Exhibition of the Society for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in Australia held in the Mechanic's School of Arts. By the 1860's he was established as one of best colonial artists and in 1861 he had been made examiner at the Mechanics School of Arts. Terry died at the early age of forty four and as many artists before him he had struggled financially in his last years.

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