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Vegetation of New South Wales near Port Jackson

Date: c 1815
Overall: 85 x 125 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Engraving
Object No: 00000847
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    Based on a work by artist William Westall, this engraving juxtaposes traditional Indigenous Australian living in the foreground against a recent European settlement lying across the harbour in the background. Native plants of banksias and xanthorrhoea are highlighted. This engraving was first published in Volume 1 of Matthew Flinders' ' Voyage to Terra Australis' (1814) as 'View of Port Jackson, taken from the South Head' facing page 227.
    SignificanceTitled - Vegetation of New South Wales near Port Jackson, this engraving depicts Banksia and Xanthorrhoea growing close to the settlement of Sydney Town in Port Jackson.
    HistoryThe arrival of European settlers in Australia in 1788 produced a wealth of descriptions and recordings of Australian flora and fauna. The natural history drawings were often copied and the works of artists such as George Raper and William Westall proved popular templates.

    William Westall sailed with Matthew Flinders in HMS INVESTIGATOR 1801-1803 as voyage artist. The official account of Flinders's voyage contains engravings based on Westall's original drawings.
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    Web title: Vegetation of New South Wales near Port Jackson

    Primary title: Vegetation of New South Wales near Port Jackson

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