C1814

Murray’s Isles in Torres’ Strait taken Oct. 29 1802 at 4h. p.m

Rare coastal profile of Kangaroo Head the headland on the north west tip of Dudley Peninsula on Kangaroo Island, by William Westall, artist on board Matthew Flinders seminal survey of the Australia on the Investigator. Flinders Friday 29th Oct., 1802: Finding … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Murray’s Isles in Torres’ Strait taken Oct. 29 1802 at 4h. p.m

Date:

C1814

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

435mm 
x 33mm
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Murray's Isles in Torres' Strait taken Oct. 29 1802 at 4h. p.m - Antique View from 1814

Genuine antique
dated:

1814

Description:

Rare coastal profile of Kangaroo Head the headland on the north west tip of Dudley Peninsula on Kangaroo Island, by William Westall, artist on board Matthew Flinders seminal survey of the Australia on the Investigator.

Flinders Friday 29th Oct., 1802:
Finding by the latitude that we had been set considerably to the north, and were out of the parallel of Murray’s Islands, I tacked to the S. S. W.; and at two o’clock, the largest island was seen bearing S. 38° W. about five leagues. Soon afterward, a reef came in sight to the south-east, extending in patches toward the islands; and presently another was distinguished to the westward, from the mast head, which took nearly a parallel direction, the passage between them being about four miles wide. We steered along the lee side of the eastern reef, at the distance of a mile, with soundings from 29 to 24 fathoms, coral sand, until four o’clock; the reef then trended more southward, and we edged away for the islands, of which Mr. Westall sketched the appearance.

From of Flinders hydrographic atlas, A voyage to Terra Australis…, sheet XVII, London : G. and W. Nicol, 1814.

Full title of the atlas;A Voyage to Terra Australis, undertaken for the purpose of completing the discovery of that vast country, and prosecuted in the years 1801, 1802, and 1803, in His Majesty’s Ship The Investigator and subsequently in the armed vessel Porpoise and Cumberland schooner. 

William Westall (1781 - 1850)

Westall was a landscape artist born at Hertford, England. He was taught to draw by his elder half-brother Richard (1765-1836), a water-colour painter, Royal Academician and painting teacher to Princess Victoria. In 1799 he was admitted to the Royal Academy School, where he was studying when at 19 he was appointed landscape artist with Matthew Flinders' Investigator expedition to Australia, at a salary of 300 guineas. During the voyage he made a large number of pencil-and-wash landscapes in places visited by the Investigator and a series of coast profiles in pencil. When the Porpoise ran aground on Wreck Reef his sketches were 'wetted and partly destroyed' and, while Westall travelled in China, the drawings, regarded as part of the official record of the voyage, were taken by Lieutenant Robert Fowler to England. There, at the suggestion of Sir Joseph Banks, they were handed to Richard Westall to be 'restored to a proper state'. After spending some time in China and India Westall returned to London in February 1805 and sought access to the sketches to paint a picture for exhibition at the Royal Academy and showed a View of the Bay of Pines at the academy later in the year. In the summer of 1805 Westall went to Madeira and twelve months later to Jamaica. After returning to England he painted a series of water-colour views of the places he had visited and these were shown in a Brook Street gallery and at the Associated Artists' exhibition in 1808. Later he received commissions from the Admiralty to paint nine pictures to illustrate Flinders' A Voyage to Terra Australis … (1814), and was engaged by several London publishers to paint water-colours to be reproduced as aquatints.  

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