C1886

The Duyfhen in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Colonial engraving of the first known European ship to make landfall on Australian soil . In 1606, the small Dutch ship Duyfken sailed from the Indonesian island of Banda in search of gold and trade opportunities on the fabled island … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Duyfhen in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Date:

C1886

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

124mm 
x 195mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Duyfhen in the Gulf of Carpentaria. - Antique View from 1886

Genuine antique
dated:

1886

Description:

Colonial engraving of the first known European ship to make landfall on Australian soil .

In 1606, the small Dutch ship Duyfken sailed from the Indonesian island of Banda in search of gold and trade opportunities on the fabled island of Nova Guinea. Under the command of Willem Janszoon
(Janz), the Duyfken and her crew ventured south-east. They sailed beyond papua New Guinea and explored and chartered part of the coast of Nova Guinea. They did not find gold but they did find the
northern coast of a huge continent: Australia. Captain Janszoon was the first European to map and record any part of Australia so Duyfken’s voyage marks the beginning of Australia’s European recorded history.

The crew landed at Pennefather River, near modern-day Weipa on the west coast of the peninsula before it first headed south to Cape Keerweer.

Frederic B. Schell (1838 - 1900)

Schell was an American employed as the senior artist on the most ambitious colonial publication ever attempetd, The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia. He arrived in Sydney with two other American artists, W.T. Smedley and W. C. Fitler, plus a number of engravers including Horace Baker. When Phil May returned to England in 1888 Schell accompanied him. The Grafton Gallery 'Exhibition of Australian Art in London’ 1898 included F.B. Schell, cat.250, 'Junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers, N.S.W.’, cat.254, 'Hamilton Reach, Brisbane’, cat. 255, 'Sydney Harbour, N.S.W.’, lent by the Trustees of Sydney Gallery. He is represented in a number of institutional collections.

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