C1836

Ansicht vom Leuchtthurm des Seehafens Jackson. [Watsons Bay]

Early view of the lighthouse on south head. From ‘Voyage de la Corvette Astrolabe Execute par Ordre du Roi pendant les annees 1826-1827-1828-1829, sours le Commandement’. As with so many French voyages before him, Captain Jules Dumont D’Urville stopped at … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Ansicht vom Leuchtthurm des Seehafens Jackson. [Watsons Bay]

Date:

C1836

Condition:

Repaired tear on bottom paper edge, not affecting image, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured lithograph.

Image Size: 

260mm 
x 163mm

Frame Size: 

665mm 
x 550mm
AUTHENTICITY
Ansicht vom Leuchtthurm des Seehafens Jackson. [Watsons Bay] - Antique Print from 1836

Genuine antique
dated:

1836

Description:

Early view of the lighthouse on south head.

From ‘Voyage de la Corvette Astrolabe Execute par Ordre du Roi pendant les annees 1826-1827-1828-1829, sours le Commandement’.

As with so many French voyages before him, Captain Jules Dumont D’Urville stopped at Sydney and his officers and crew spent time sightseeing.This lithograph, produced after the original drawing by expedition artist Louis Auguste de Sainson, depicts the lighthouse at South Head designed by convict architect Francis Greenway and completed in 1818.Governor Macquarie was said to have been so pleased with the building he granted Greenway his pardon. The dramatic lighting effects and de Sainson’s inclusion of a promenading couple and gentleman travelling in smart carriage reinforce the perception of Macquarie’s Sydney as an attractive urbane society. The present Maquarie Lighthouse at South Head replaced Greenway’s lighthouse in 1883.

Reference: Sydney Views 1788-1888 page 48

Louis Auguste de Sainson (1800 - 1887)

French artist on the voyage of exploration on board the Astrolabe under the command of Dumont D’Urville which explored and visited the Pacific, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. He began his naval career at the port of Rochefort, working there from 21 August 1825 until 6 January 1826, where he joined the Astrolabe as a draughtsman. The Astrolabe visited Australia from October to December 1826 and De Sainson made a number of drawings of King George Sound (WA), Westernport VIC), and Jervis Bay NSW and Sydney). On the Astrolable’s return to Australian waters during December 1827 to early January 1828 the Astrolabe anchored at Hobart Town where de Sainson made a number of important drawings of Hobart and its environs. On his return to France de Sainson was part of the editorial group that made the official account Historical Atlas of the expedition ready or publication. In November 1829, at Dumont d’Urville’s request, de Sainson was promoted commis de marine 3e classe. He became a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneurin August 1831 and a commis de 2e classe in September 1833. Further biographical information is not available after this time.

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