Views in Australia
Views in Australia

Joseph Lycett

1774 - c1825 Views in Australia 1824-25
  • bound volume of 48 hand coloured aquatints
16 cm x 29 cm

Joseph Lycett was transported to Australia in 1814, convicted for forging banknotes. His skills as a draughtsman were quickly put to use in the colony and he specialised in topographical views of the major towns of Australia, and some of its more dramatic landscapes.

In 1820 Governor Macquarie sent three of Lycett's paintings including a large view of Sydney to Earl Bathurst and it is generally believed that the absolute pardon which the Lycett received in 1821 was bestowed in reward.

He returned to England in September 1822. With publisher John Souter, between July 1824 and June 1825 he issued Views in Australia, or New South Wales and Van Diemens Land in 12 parts published monthly, each with two aquatint views of New South Wales and two of Van Diemen's Land, with descriptive letterpress, and a supplement with maps of both colonies. By permission the series was dedicated to Bathurst.

Source: Wikipedia





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