C1814

Seal Island, in King George's Sound: taken from the anchor, Dec.9. 1801.

Rare coastal profile of Seal Island, southeast of Albany, by William Westall, artist on board Matthew Flinders seminal survey of the Australia on the Investigator. Flinders Dec.9. 1801.:Seal Island, where we stopped in passing, is a mass of granite, which is … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Seal Island, in King George’s Sound: taken from the anchor, Dec.9. 1801.

Date:

C1814

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.
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Seal Island, in King George's Sound: taken from the anchor, Dec.9. 1801. - Antique Print from 1814

Genuine antique
dated:

1814

Description:

Rare coastal profile of Seal Island, southeast of Albany, by William Westall, artist on board Matthew Flinders seminal survey of the Australia on the Investigator.

Flinders Dec.9. 1801.:
Seal Island, where we stopped in passing, is a mass of granite, which is accessible only at its western end, as represented in Mr. Westall’s sketch. After killing a few seals upon the shore, we ascended the hill to search for the bottle and parchment left by captain Vancouver in 1791;* but could find no vestiges either of it or of the staff or pile of stones; and since there was no appearance of the natives having crossed over from the main, I was led to suspect that a second ship had been here before us.

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 Royal Academy artist appointed to Mathew Flinders voyage at 19 years of age. His method of drawing topographical views was to rule up his drawing sheets in a grid pattern to obtain an accurate perspective.

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