C1825

Port-Jackson. Plan et Elevation de la Caserne des Convicts, A Sydney.

Rare engraved elevation and floor plan of Hyde Park Barracks, from one of the rarest of all the French exploration voyage accounts. Hyde Park Barracks was commissioned by Governor Lachlan Macquarie and built with convict labour. It was constructed by … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Port-Jackson. Plan et Elevation de la Caserne des Convicts, A Sydney.

Date:

C1825

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

230mm 
x 320mm

Paper Size: 

249mm 
x 320mm
AUTHENTICITY
Port-Jackson. Plan et Elevation de la Caserne des Convicts, A Sydney. - Antique Print from 1825

Genuine antique
dated:

1825

Description:

Rare engraved elevation and floor plan of Hyde Park Barracks, from one of the rarest of all the French exploration voyage accounts.

Hyde Park Barracks was commissioned by Governor Lachlan Macquarie and built with convict labour. It was constructed by convicts, the foundation stone was laid by Macquarie on 6 April 1817 and the barracks were completed in 1819. It was the first convict barracks in the colony. The three-storey building with massive shingled roof and a simple yet striking façade was designed by convict architect Francis Greenway. So impressed was Macquarie with this design that he granted Greenway a full pardon.

The Uranie sailed from Toulon and visited Western Australia and New South Wales. The voyage was a great success having resulted in the discovery of hundreds of new species of mammals, birds, marine life, plants as well as having recorded many aspects of the Pacific islands. These exquisitely engraved prints constitute a unique documentation of exotic unknown lands and their inhabitants.

From Voyage autour du monde, atlas historique by Louis de Freycinet.

References:
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976: 941.
Hill, J. The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. San Diego 1974: Hill pp.9-10.
Dunmore, J. French Explorers in the Pacific. Oxford 1965-69: Dunmore II, pp.63-108.
Sabin, J. A Dictionary of Books Relating to America, from its Discovery to the Present Time. New York. (1936) 1967.: 25916.
Wantrup, J. Australian Rare Books. Sydney 1987: p.159.


Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 3003200
Bibliotheque Nationale de France: Identifier : ark:/12148/bpt6k99356f
Silent World Foundation, Sydney.: SF001510
State Library Victoria: RARELTEF ; 508.3 F89
Australian National Maritime Museum: Object No.85/62

Henri Louis Freycinet (1777 - 1840)

Freycinet was in command of the Uranie left Toulon on 17 September 1817. His wife Rose had been smuggled aboard, and her presence was acknowledged by the time they reached Gibraltar. They made the usual French passage via Tenerife, Rio, the Cape of Good Hope and Mauritius, where Louis was reunited briefly with his brother Henri, then serving as the Governor. The Uranie reached Shark Bay on 12 September 1818 and spent some time there, setting up an observatory and making further thorough surveys of the inlets and coast; it was during this visit that Freycinet also finally removed the Vlamingh plate. From western Australia they headed to Coupang in Timor, and crossed to Dili, where the expedition was received in great state by the Governor. The vessel then picked its way northeast via Amboina, Pisang, Rawak and the coast of New Guinea, reaching Guam in mid-March 1819. The expedition stayed in Guam for eleven weeks before heading to Hawaii, which was first sighted on 5 August; they anchored in Kealakekua Bay three days later. They spent an important fortnight in the islands, making stays at Lahaina and Honolulu, and meeting any number of important figures there.

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