C1855

George Street, Sydney, Looking North.

Very rare, large engraved view of George Street looking north, the first building on the left is the original David Jones store built in 1838 on the corner of Barrack Lane, then the Commercial Bank with its Corinthian columns, the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

George Street, Sydney, Looking North.

Date:

C1855

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph

Image Size: 

375mm 
x 215mm

Frame Size: 

730mm 
x 570mm
AUTHENTICITY
George Street, Sydney, Looking North. - Antique Print from 1855

Genuine antique
dated:

1855

Description:

Very rare, large engraved view of George Street looking north, the first building on the left is the original David Jones store built in 1838 on the corner of Barrack Lane, then the Commercial Bank with its Corinthian columns, the Bank of New South Wales on the next corner and on the opposite corner to that, Argyle House can be seen. On the right is Sands & Kenny’s ‘Bookshop’, that John Sands took over in 1848 and next to it is the General Post Office. In the early 1850’s John Sands commissioned Terry for a series of small oval format views of New South Wales, which were engraved and printed in 1854 in England. It is likely that at the same time Sands also commissioned Terry for a larger format series of Sydney views, that were published as The Australian Commercial Almanack. David Jones Building: Built in 1838, after Jones broke up his partnership with Charles Appleton. In 1856, Jones retired leaving capital worth 30,000 pounds in the business. A few years later the firm faced bankruptcy and Jones bought out his partners and fully discharged the debts.

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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