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P3356 Aquatint, 'Panorama Du Port Jackson Et De Ville De Sydney Pris D'une Colline Pres La Riviere De Paramatta' [Panorama of Port Jackson and of the town of Sydney taken from a hill near the Parramatta River], paper / ink, painted by Major James Taylor, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1820, eng. Click to enlarge.

Aquatint of Port Jackson and Sydney

Made by Taylor, Major James in Paris, France, 1824.

In 1820 Major James Taylor created a series of watercolours on paper which, when joined together, formed a panorama of Sydney. When he returned to England in 1822 Taylor arranged for the engraving and printing of a three sheet panorama based on his watercolours. He engaged the foremost London engravers and print publishers, Tobert Havell and Colnaghi’s. (The copperplates for these three engravings are in the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.) The panorama was published in Londo...

Summary

Object No.

P3356

Object Statement

Aquatint, 'Panorama Du Port Jackson Et De Ville De Sydney Pris D'une Colline Pres La Riviere De Paramatta' [Panorama of Port Jackson and of the town of Sydney taken from a hill near the Parramatta River], paper / ink, painted by Major James Taylor, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1820, engraved by Rittner et Goulpil, Sydney / Paris, [1824]

Physical Description

Aquatint, 'Panorama Du Port Jackson Et De Ville De Sydney Pris D'une Colline Pres La Riviere De Paramatta' [Panorama of Port Jackson and of the town of Sydney taken from a hill near the Parramatta River], paper / ink, painted by Major James Taylor, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1820, engraved by Rittner et Goulpil, Sydney / Paris, [1824]

The hand-coloured aquatint was published in Paris after a watercolour painted by Major James Taylor. The aquatint displays a panoramic view of Sydney taken from Observatory Hill. The view encompasses Sydney Harbour from the Heads to Lavender Bay and illustrates many of Sydney's major buildings of the day. The aquatint also depicts boats sailing on Parramatta River, European settlers working in the towns and indigenous people on the hillsides. The aquatint is framed within a stained and varnished wooden frame.

Dimensions

Height

390 mm

Width

1160 mm

Production

Notes

The engraving is based on watercolours by Major James Taylor (c. 1785-1829). Taylor was a topographical draughtsman attached to the 48th Regiment. He arrived in Sydney on the convict transport Matilda on 9 August 1817. He accompanied the Macquaries on their tour of Tasmania in May and June 1821 and some of the Tasmanian views in Joseph Lycett's Views are probably based on Taylor's drawings. Taylor received some training in draughtsmanship as part of his military studies and like other military and naval officers, was interested in his surroundings and recorded them in watercolours. Little of Taylor's work survives, notably the originals of this view of Sydney Harbour. On his return from Sydney, Major James Taylor organised the engraving of his watercolours to form a three sheet panorama by London's foremost engravers and print publishers, Robert Havell and Colnaghi's. In 1823 Colnaghi issued a prospectus announcing its publication which followed in August that year. The panorama was also exhibited at Barker & Burford's Panorama Building in Leicester Square, London. The panorama must have met with some success since it was republished in a revised, and smaller, version by French publishers, Rittner et Goulpil, in about 1824. In 1822, Taylor was granted two years sick leave and left for England with his son on 15 February 1822 as members of the vice-regal party. He rejoined his regiment in 1825, sailing to India where he later died.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Associated Midland Group Limited, 1983

Acquisition Date

29 November 1983

Cite this Object

Harvard

Aquatint of Port Jackson and Sydney 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 September 2019, <https://ma.as/326892>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/326892 |title=Aquatint of Port Jackson and Sydney |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=23 September 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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