C1833

Vue De George's Street A Sydney (Nouvelle Galles du Sud.)

Early c.19th French lithographic view of George Street, Sydney, looking northeast by Louis Sainson, artist on Dumont D’Urville’s voyage of exploration. The view is taken from Charlotte Place, now Grosvenor Street, looking east to George Street. The building on the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Vue De George’s Street A Sydney (Nouvelle Galles du Sud.)

Date:

C1833

Condition:

Small area of discolouration to right of title, otherwise iIn good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured lithograph.

Image Size: 

360mm 
x 270mm

Frame Size: 

620mm 
x 510mm

Paper Size: 

400mm 
x 306mm
AUTHENTICITY
Vue De George's Street A Sydney (Nouvelle Galles du Sud.) - Antique View from 1833

Genuine antique
dated:

1833

Description:

Early c.19th French lithographic view of George Street, Sydney, looking northeast by Louis Sainson, artist on Dumont D’Urville’s voyage of exploration.

The view is taken from Charlotte Place, now Grosvenor Street, looking east to George Street. The building on the left is the main Guard house and across the street is the male orphan house, behind which can be seen the mastheads of a ship anchored in Circular Quay. Standing prominently in the centre foreground is the Aboriginal leader Bungaree, dressed in British military livery and with king plate, or breastplate. Macquarie began the practice of issuing breastplates to Aboriginals in 1816 and dubbed Bungaree, the first to receive this dubious honour, ‘Chief of Broken Bay.’ Bungaree was seen frequently in the Sydney area, ceremonially welcoming newcomers and teaching about Aboriginal customs, notably Boomerang throwing.

From ‘Voyage de la Corvette Astrolabe Execute par Ordre du Roi pendant les annees 1826-1827-1828-1829, sours le Commandement’. Paris.

 

References:
Hunt, S. & Davidson, G. Sydney Views 1788-1888: from the BEAT KNOBLAUCH collection. Sydney 2007: #62, ill.p.92-93.

Collections:
National Gallery Australia: NGA 2005.1129
National Library Australia: Bib ID 1160235

Louis Auguste de Sainson (1800 - 1887)

French artist on the voyage of exploration on board the Astrolabe under the command of Dumont D’Urville which explored and visited the Pacific, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. He began his naval career at the port of Rochefort, working there from 21 August 1825 until 6 January 1826, where he joined the Astrolabe as a draughtsman. The Astrolabe visited Australia from October to December 1826 and De Sainson made a number of drawings of King George Sound (WA), Westernport VIC), and Jervis Bay NSW and Sydney). On the Astrolable’s return to Australian waters during December 1827 to early January 1828 the Astrolabe anchored at Hobart Town where de Sainson made a number of important drawings of Hobart and its environs. On his return to France de Sainson was part of the editorial group that made the official account Historical Atlas of the expedition ready or publication. In November 1829, at Dumont d’Urville’s request, de Sainson was promoted commis de marine 3e classe. He became a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneurin August 1831 and a commis de 2e classe in September 1833. Further biographical information is not available after this time.

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