C1887

The Victorian Navy.

Painter, teacher and writer. Studied in England and France and came to Australia in 1878 and became an influential member and supporter of the Arts community and established the Sydney Art School that survives today as the Julian Ashton School … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Victorian Navy.

Date:

C1887

Condition:

Centre fold as issued, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

315mm 
x 220mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Victorian Navy. - Antique Print from 1887

Genuine antique
dated:

1887

Description:

Painter, teacher and writer. Studied in England and France and came to Australia in 1878 and became an influential member and supporter of the Arts community and established the Sydney Art School that survives today as the Julian Ashton School of Art. This engraving is from the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia which was the most ambitious publishing venture in Australian history up to the 1900’s. It was conceived and financed by American publishers under the name of the Picturesque Atlas Publishing Co Limited, Sydney and Melbourne. It’s ambitious aims of using the best artists, the best paper, the finest printing engraving techniques and for it to be the most comprehensive survey of Australia’s colonial history ensured that it inevitably was doomed to be a financial failure. The legacy that it left on the other hand was some of the finest engravings and maps printed in Australia in the C19th.

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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