C1824

View upon the Napean River, at the Cow Pastures. New South Wales. sic

Joseph Lycett’s views of country New South Wales were made with the support of Governor Macquarie and his ambitions for populating the colony. The views illustrate the abundance of ‘good’ land available to prospective immigrants and the great opportunities to … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

View upon the Napean River, at the Cow Pastures. New South Wales. sic

Date:

C1824

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

277mm 
x 175mm
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View upon the Napean River, at the Cow Pastures. New South Wales. sic - Antique View from 1824

Genuine antique
dated:

1824

Description:

Joseph Lycett’s views of country New South Wales were made with the support of Governor Macquarie and his ambitions for populating the colony.

The views illustrate the abundance of ‘good’ land available to prospective immigrants and the great opportunities to be had in Australia. In June 1788, four cows and two bulls brought on the First Fleet, and pastured in the area near the &quotfarm&quot (Botanic Gardens), escaped and were lost. This was a calamitous event for the infant colony’s hopes to be self sufficient. Fortuitously in 1795 the cattle were located near Camden and were found to have multiplied to a herd of over 100 and consequently the area became known as the ‘Cow Pastures’. Lycett includes a group of figures, ‘..a party of Bush-rangers, a sort of Banditi, who live in the woods…’.

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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