C1833

Vue du Phare du Port Jackson.

Famous image of South Head lighthouse, Sydney which was designed by convict architect Francis Greenway and completed in 1818. Governor Macquarie was said to have been so pleased with the building he granted Greenway his pardon. The dramatic lighting effects … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Vue du Phare du Port Jackson.

Date:

C1833

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured lithograph.

Image Size: 

420mm 
x 305mm

Frame Size: 

665mm 
x 550mm

Paper Size: 

457mm 
x 303mm
AUTHENTICITY
Vue du Phare du Port Jackson. - Antique View from 1833

Genuine antique
dated:

1833

Description:

Famous image of South Head lighthouse, Sydney which was designed by convict architect Francis Greenway and completed in 1818. Governor Macquarie was said to have been so pleased with the building he granted Greenway his pardon. The dramatic lighting effects and de Sainson’s inclusion of a promenading couple and gentleman travelling in smart carriage reinforce the perception of Macquarie’s Sydney as an attractive urbane society. The Present Macquarie Lighthouse at South Head replaced Greenway’s lighthouse in 1883.

References:
Sydney Museum, Knoblauch Collection, Sydney Views 1788-1888 page 48

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

Collections:
Australian National Maritime Museum: Object No: 00000894
National Gallery Australia: Bib ID 2678511
National Library of Australia:  Bib ID 2678511

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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