C1883

The Proposed Railway Bridge Across the Hawkesbury River.

Rare engraving of the proposed Hawkesbury Railway Bridge. Inset titles from top clockwise: 1. Proposed Site of Bridge. 2. Flat Rock Point 3. Ruins of Hotel at Mooni 4. Dredging and Taking Soundings 5. Peats Ferry, with Public School and … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Proposed Railway Bridge Across the Hawkesbury River.

Date:

C1883

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Engraving.

Image Size: 

330mm 
x 215mm
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The Proposed Railway Bridge Across the Hawkesbury River. - Antique View from 1883

Genuine antique
dated:

1883

Description:

Rare engraving of the proposed Hawkesbury Railway Bridge.

Inset titles from top clockwise:
1. Proposed Site of Bridge. 2. Flat Rock Point 3. Ruins of Hotel at Mooni 4. Dredging and Taking Soundings 5. Peats Ferry, with Public School and Post Office 6. Camp of Railway Employees.

The Union Bridge Company of New York was awarded the contract to construct the bridge in January 1886. The railways engineer-in-chief, John Whitton, who designed and built the railway was not invited to design the bridge due to fallout from a mid 1880s enquiry into railway bridges. However, subcontractors were also involved in the actual construction work. The piers consisted of concrete below water with sandstone masonry above. The spans were assembled on Dangar Island and floated 1,500 metres (4,921 ft) or so across to the bridge site on barges. The bridge had seven spans of 127 metres (416 ft) each for a total length of 887 metres (2,910 ft). Five of the piers were sunk to then record depths of between 46 to 49 metres (150 to 160 ft) below high water. The bridge officially opened on 1 May 1889

From the original edition of the Illustrated Sydney News.

Georgius - George Alphonse Collingridge de Tourcey (1847 - 1931)

Collingridge was an artist and historian. He rarely used 'de Tourcey'. His parents moved to France in 1853 and he was educated at the Jesuit College, Vaugirard, and the Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris, studying architecture under Viollet-le-Duc, wood-engraving and painting. Corot informally accepted him as a pupil, a very rare favour. In 1867, when Garibaldi invaded the Roman States, Collingridge joined the Papal Zouaves and took part in seventeen engagements, receiving no wounds but three medals, including the Mentana Cross. In 1869-70 he was back in Paris, returning to England after Sedan before settling again in Paris in 1872. Although he continued to paint throughout his career—he held his last exhibition in 1926—he now found his real métier in wood-engraving, then the staple form of graphics in such famous journals as the Illustrated London News and L'Illustration, for both of which he worked. On the advice of his brother Arthur (1853-1907), also an artist, who was already in Australia, Collingridge migrated in 1879 to join the Illustrated Sydney News, he also worked for the Australian Town and Country Journal and the Sydney Mail. Dissatisfaction with lay control of the existing New South Wales Academy of Art led the brothers to found the (Royal) Art Society of New South Wales in July 1880, and in 1888 they launched the short-lived Australian Art, the first such journal in the continent. Both brothers taught in schools and technical colleges. Between 1890 and 1925 Collingridge devoted two books and some thirty articles to establishing Portuguese priority to the charting of teh Australian coastline.

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