C1879

Trial of the Wantabadgery Bushrangers. – The Address in Defence.

Artist:

George Alphonse Collingridge de Tourcey (1847 - 1931)

A very early and rare image of the trial of the bushrangers, Andrew George Scott, alias Captain Moonlite and his gang which were known as the Wantabadgery Bushrangers. They were taken to Sydney and tried for the murder of Sergeant … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Trial of the Wantabadgery Bushrangers. – The Address in Defence.

Date:

C1879

Artist:

George Alphonse Collingridge de Tourcey (1847 - 1931)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Engraving.

Image Size: 

227mm 
x 330mm
AUTHENTICITY
Trial of the Wantabadgery Bushrangers. - The Address in Defence. - Antique View from 1879

Genuine antique
dated:

1879

Description:

A very early and rare image of the trial of the bushrangers, Andrew George Scott, alias Captain Moonlite and his gang which were known as the Wantabadgery Bushrangers.

They were taken to Sydney and tried for the murder of Sergeant Bowen. Moonlite conducted the defence case, arguing that Bowen had been shot by a stray bullet from one of his own men. The task was futile however, and he concluded by saying ‘If the law has been so broken that it must be avenged by a human life let me be the victim and spare these youths. God created them for something better than the gallows.

Andrew George Scott, alias Captain Moonlite, and Thomas Rogan were hanged on 20 January 1880. The two other surviving members of the gang, Bennett and Williams, had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment.

From the original edition of the Illustrated Sydney News.

Artist:

George Alphonse Collingridge de Tourcey (1847-1931)

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.

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