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"Views of land in the neighbourhood of Port Jackson"

Artist: Raper, George
Created: [between 1788 and 1791]
Dimensions: 31.4 x 48.2 cm
Reference: Raper Drawing - no. 17


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Three panoramic views of the coastline around the entrances to Port Jackson and Botany Bay, taken from off-shore, showing the off-white cliffs around the harbour entrance backed by grey-green hills. Each drawing is framed with a black ink border and labelled A-H, with panels beneath them giving a key and navigational information. The view in the centre has stronger colour than the other two and includes a pale blue flag flying on the top of the South Head of the entrance to Port Jackson, while the view at the bottom is the most distant. The water is represented by a gradated pale grey to blue wash, overlaid with short grey horizontal brush marks in the foreground. The skies have a faint pink stain above the horizon and washes of blue and grey towards the top. The drawings are framed with a thick black ink line and a triple-banded border, the central band of which is coloured with a pink wash and contains a panel at the top with the title and signature. Most of the outer band appears to have been lost through the drawing having been cropped.


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