C1814

Part of Kanguroo Island: taken April 6. 1802 at 11h. a.m. [Kangaroo Island]

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 naming of Kangaroo Island, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Part of Kanguroo Island: taken April 6. 1802 at 11h. a.m. [Kangaroo Island]

Date:

C1814

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

440mm 
x 70mm
AUTHENTICITY
Part of Kanguroo Island: taken April 6. 1802  at 11h. a.m. [Kangaroo Island] - 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 naming of Kangaroo Island, March 23, 1802:
The whole ship’s company was employed this afternoon in skinning and cleaning the kangaroos; and a delightful regale they afforded, after four months’ privation from almost any fresh provisions. Half a hundred weight of heads, forequarters and tails were stewed down into soup for dinner on this and the succeeding days; and as much steaks given, moreover, to both officers and men as they could consume by day and by night. In gratitude for so seasonable a supply I named this southern land Kangaroo Island.

Flinders Tuesday 6 April, 1802:
Having received on board a good stock of wood, the launch was hoisted in and every thing prepared for going to sea. Next morning Tuesday 6 April 1802, so soon as the sun was sufficiently elevated to be observed in the artificial horizon, I landed to take the last set of observations for the time-keepers; after which the anchor was weighed, and we steered out of Nepean Bay with a light breeze from the south-west. Towards noon it fell calm, and finding by the land that the ship was set westward, an anchor was dropped nearly in our first place off Kangaroo Head; and Mr. Westall took the sketch given in the Atlas.

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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