C1881

The Torpedo Explosion at Queenscliff: Sub-Lieutenant Houston Saving the Life of Jasper.

Famous image of the Torpedo accident that involved the Cerberus. This rare engraving is from the original edition of the The Australasian Sketcher, an illustrated newspaper which was published in Melbourne from 1873 to 1889. It was issued on a … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Torpedo Explosion at Queenscliff: Sub-Lieutenant Houston Saving the Life of Jasper.

Date:

C1881

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

232mm 
x 250mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Torpedo Explosion at Queenscliff: Sub-Lieutenant Houston Saving the Life of Jasper. - Antique Print from 1881

Genuine antique
dated:

1881

Description:

Famous image of the Torpedo accident that involved the Cerberus. This rare engraving is from the original edition of the The Australasian Sketcher, an illustrated newspaper which was published in Melbourne from 1873 to 1889. It was issued on a monthly basis and included a number of high quality engravings to illustrate the news and article. The reason it was issued on a monthly basis was due to the time consuming process of engraving the illustrations which would take one engraver between one and two weeks to make each engraving. This is also coincided with the monthly shipping of mail to England. The engravings provided a unique glimpse into colonial life, often depicting situations or scenes that were less than flattering, in contrast to the majority of sanctioned views that provided a sanitized portrayal of life in Australia. Increasingly expensive to produce, the few illustrated newspapers that made use of original engravings for their illustrations, and that survived the economic collapse of the late1880’s found themselves competing against the new technology of photographic produced half-tone and lino type processes the illustrations. By the turn of the century most had disappeared. Many famous Australian colonial artists were employed such as Julian Ashton, Albert Cooke, Oswald Rose Campbell, Alfred James Daplyn, Samuel Calvert and Elizier Levi Montefiore. Many famous Australian colonial artists were employed such as Julian Ashton, Albert Cooke, Oswald Rose Campbell, Alfred James Daplyn, Samuel Calvert and Elizier Levi Montefiore. Due to their ephemeral nature few have survived.

G.R.A. - George Rossi Ashton (1857 - 1942)

Ashton studied at the South Kensington School of Art and became a black-and-white illustrator for the London Graphic. In 1877-78 he represented the Illustrated London News at the Kaffir war and next year joined Julian on the Illustrated Australian News in Melbourne; together they covered the capture of the Kelly gang at Glenrowan. He was among the first sketch-artists of the Bulletin, drew also for the Australasian Sketcher, the Illustrated Sydney News and the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, and was art editor and artist for Victoria and its Metropolis. In 1886-88 he was a member of the Art Society of New South Wales and the Australian Artists' Association (Victoria). In 1893 he returned to England where he continued to illustrate for various papers and toured music-halls with a lightning-sketch routine.

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