C1824

View from near the Top of Constitution Hill, Van Diemens Land.

View of present day Dysart, situated near Constitution Hill, 40 k from Hobart on the old road to Launceston. The road was originally surveyed by Charles Grimes in 1807 and follows much of the same route as the Midlands Highway. … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

View from near the Top of Constitution Hill, Van Diemens Land.

Date:

C1824

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Original hand-coloured aquatint

Image Size: 

270mm 
x 170mm
AUTHENTICITY
View from near the Top of Constitution Hill, Van Diemens Land. - Antique View from 1824

Genuine antique
dated:

1824

Description:

View of present day Dysart, situated near Constitution Hill, 40 k from Hobart on the old road to Launceston. The road was originally surveyed by Charles Grimes in 1807 and follows much of the same route as the Midlands Highway. In 1821 Governor Lachlan Macquarie selected sites for towns along the road. Joseph Lycett’s Tasmania pictures were made with the intention of attracting potential emigrants by depicting the availability of quality land and also showing the results of previous successful emigrants. There is no evidence to indicate that Lycett ever visited Tasmania, and it is more likely that he used drawings made by either or both, George Evans or James Taylor who had accompanied Governor Macquarie on his tour of inspection in 1821. The places depicted were all visited by Macquarie at this time.

Joseph Lycett (1777 - 1828)

Painter & forger convicted in 1811 & transported to Botany Bay. On arrival he was given his ticket of leave but soon was reconvicted for forgery and sent to the penal settlement of Newcastle. Again in 1821 he received a pardon and returned to England armed with a portfolio of colonial views. In 1824 John published “Views in Australia” dedicated to the Earl of Bathurst. Lycett is acknowledged as being one the most important colonial artists to record the progress of the colony.

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