'View of the East side of Sidney Cove, Port Jackson; from the Anchorage'

'View of the East side of Sidney Cove, Port Jackson; from the Anchorage'

George Raper (1769-1797)
Watercolour and ink, c1789 - 1790 © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
Raper collection

Raper would have been taught draughtsmanship as part of his naval officer’s training. This view shows the settlement at Sydney Cove and Government House, the colony’s only stone building, from off-shore with several small boats in the foreground.

Towards the right are the wharf and boat huts, and a flag staff carrying the Union Jack of Queen Anne.

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The Art of the First Fleet book

The Art of the First Fleet book

Enjoy rare watercolours, ink and pencil drawings and some of the only visual records of the lives of the indigenous Eora people of Australia.

These beautiful illustrations, by artists on board the First Fleet, document the sights witnessed by the first Europeans to colonise Australia.

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