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"A partial view in New South Wales, faceing to the North-West"

Artist: Watling, Thomas
Created: [between 1792 and 1795]
Dimensions: 24.8 x 39.1 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 20


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  • Thomas Watling]
  • The drawing is inscribed in blue pencil at top right with the number "29 1", which refers to the pre-1984 numbering system for the Watling Collection.
  • The drawing is inscribed in grey ink at bottom, possibly in Watling's copperplate hand, "A partial-View in New South Wales, faceing to the North-West." Dixson (1923) points out that the point of view is south-west, not north-west.
  • The drawing is signed in grey ink at lower right in the framing band. It is undated, but Government House is depicted without the verandah which was added c.1795.
  • The author of this catalogue record is Suzanne Stenning.
  • By permission of the trustees of the Natural History Museum (London).
  • Two sets of transparencies held in the Natural History Museum (London) Zoology Library and Picture Library: Picture Library order number 12020
  • James Lee of Kensington : purchased ; 1902
  • Data sheet available.
  • Wheeler, A. and Smith, B, (eds.) The Art of the First Fleet and other early Australian Drawings. New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1988. (Plate 140, p. 134.)
  • McCormick, Tim. First Views of Australia: A History of Early Sydney. David Ell Press in association with Longueville Publications, Chippendale, 1987. (Plate 29, p. 63.)
  • Dixson, W. 'Some Early Picture of Sydney', The Royal Australian Historical Society Journal and Proceedings Vol. 19, 1923, pp. 198-204.