C1821

Newcastle. Hunter's River. New South Wales.

Artist:

Captain James Wallis (1785 - 1858)

The largest colonial period engraving of Newcastle. Rare. An important early colonial view of Newcastle looking towards Nobby’s Head by Captain James Wallis, the former commandant of the penal settlement from 1814-1818. Wallis was instrumental in improving conditions for the convicts, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Newcastle. Hunter’s River. New South Wales.

Date:

C1821

Artist:

Captain James Wallis (1785 - 1858)

Engraver:

Walter Preston 
(1777 – 
?)

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

460mm 
x 310mm

Frame Size: 

870mm 
x 770mm

Paper Size: 

650mm 
x 475mm
AUTHENTICITY
Newcastle. Hunter's River. New South Wales. - Antique View from 1821

Genuine antique
dated:

1821

Description:

The largest colonial period engraving of Newcastle. Rare.

An important early colonial view of Newcastle looking towards Nobby’s Head by Captain James Wallis, the former commandant of the penal settlement from 1814-1818. Wallis was instrumental in improving conditions for the convicts, planning the layout of the town and constructing a number of buildings. These included, Christchurch seen on the left, a convict hospital, a two-storey brick and stone gaol and barracks for the assistant surgeon and convicts. He also set up a school in 1816.

From Wallis, An Historical Account of The Colony of New South Wales and its Dependent Settlements.

Collections:
National Gallery Australia:  2005.515.5
National Gallery Victoria:  102974
National Library Australia: Rex Nan Kivell Collection; NK5069
State Library NSW: Call Number: PXD 373/6

 

Artist:

Walter Preston (1777-?)
Preston was an engraver sentenced to death for highway robbery and transported to the penal settlement of Newcastle for fourteen years in 1814 under the command of Captain Wallis. He engraved twelve views of NSW for Wallis and when these were subsequently published they were attributed not to Preston but Wallis.

 

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