C1814

View on the North Side of Kangaroo Island.

The first engraved view of Kangaroo Island made by William Westall (1781-1850), the artist on board Matthew Flinders important voyage of exploration on H.M.S. Investigator. On 18th July 1801, the H.M.S Investigator with 88 men and two cats, including the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

View on the North Side of Kangaroo Island.

Date:

C1814

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

235mm 
x 160mm

Paper Size: 

310mm 
x 226mm
AUTHENTICITY
View on the North Side of Kangaroo Island. - Antique View from 1814

Genuine antique
dated:

1814

Description:

The first engraved view of Kangaroo Island made by William Westall (1781-1850), the artist on board Matthew Flinders important voyage of exploration on H.M.S. Investigator.

On 18th July 1801, the H.M.S Investigator with 88 men and two cats, including the famous Trim set sail. The Investigator sighted Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia on 6th December 1801 and in February 1802, they entered Spencer’ Gulf, which Flinders named for the second Earl Spencer. Flinders, and his hungry crew members, discovered Kangaroo Island on 21 March 1802 after landing near Kangaroo Head on the north coast of Dudley Peninsula. Flinders wrote in his journal that the whole ships company was employed in the skinning and cleaning of kangaroos. In gratitude for such a supply, he named it Kangaroo Island.

From, Flinders, M.,  A Voyage to Terra Australis; Undertaken for the Purpose of Completing the Discovery of That Vast Country, and Prosecuted in the Years 1801, 1802, and 1803, in His Majesty’s Ship the Investigator”.

 

 

 

References:
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976: 576.
Wantrup, J. Australian Rare Books. Sydney 1987: 138-144.


Collections:
National Gallery Victoria: Bib ID 584659
Art Gallery South Australia: Accession number 694G84
National Maritime Museum Greenwich: ID: ZBA7938
National Library Australia: Bib ID 584659
State Library Victoria: RARELTEF 919.4 W521
State Library New South Wales: CALL NUMBER Q81/24

William Westall (1781 - 1850)

Westall was a landscape artist born at Hertford, England. He was taught to draw by his elder half-brother Richard (1765-1836), a water-colour painter, Royal Academician and painting teacher to Princess Victoria. In 1799 he was admitted to the Royal Academy School, where he was studying when at 19 he was appointed landscape artist with Matthew Flinders' Investigator expedition to Australia, at a salary of 300 guineas. During the voyage he made a large number of pencil-and-wash landscapes in places visited by the Investigator and a series of coast profiles in pencil. When the Porpoise ran aground on Wreck Reef his sketches were 'wetted and partly destroyed' and, while Westall travelled in China, the drawings, regarded as part of the official record of the voyage, were taken by Lieutenant Robert Fowler to England. There, at the suggestion of Sir Joseph Banks, they were handed to Richard Westall to be 'restored to a proper state'. After spending some time in China and India Westall returned to London in February 1805 and sought access to the sketches to paint a picture for exhibition at the Royal Academy and showed a View of the Bay of Pines at the academy later in the year. In the summer of 1805 Westall went to Madeira and twelve months later to Jamaica. After returning to England he painted a series of water-colour views of the places he had visited and these were shown in a Brook Street gallery and at the Associated Artists' exhibition in 1808. Later he received commissions from the Admiralty to paint nine pictures to illustrate Flinders' A Voyage to Terra Australis … (1814), and was engaged by several London publishers to paint water-colours to be reproduced as aquatints.  

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