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New Holland Creeper. White's Journal antique engraving c1790

New Holland Creeper. White's Journal antique engraving c1790

by Stone, Sarah

Antique Print of Australian Tree-creeper. Sarah Stone New Holland Creeper engraving circa 1789 for John White. The accompanying text has on the reverse a list of First Fleet "Deaths between December 1786 and July 1788. On the Paffage (Passage), After the Landing, On the Paffage, After the Landing, and Executed, Condemned to death by the court, but pardoned by the Governor, and Miffing (Missing).)

Rare original copperplate engraving after Sarah Stone for John White who was a keen amateur naturalist and Surgeon-General of the First Fleet and Settlement. Published in London circa 1790 by J. Debrett for White's "Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales".

Sarah Stone (1760-1844), also known as Sarah Smith, she was the daughter of a professional fan painter. Sarah worked as a natural history illustrator in England between 1777 and 1820. She did not visit Australian, but prominent 18th century collectors, including Sir Joseph Banks and Sir Ashton Lever, commissioned her to prepare watercolour drawings of animals and birds, from skins, specimens and artifacts that were sent to England from voyages of exploration to southern lands. Her drawings were often the first to be seen of new discoveries. Many of Sarah Stone's drawings were used for copperplate engravings to illustrate John White’s Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales, in 1790.

Copperplate engravings were made from Sarah Stone watercolours to illustrate the Voyages of Captain James Cook. Some of her watercolours are now in the Australian Museum in Sydney and in the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. As “Miss Stone, Honorary Exhibitor” she exhibited four paintings of birds and shells at the Royal Academy in 1781 and 1786.

Published in black and white, this wonderful engraving has fine later hand-colour. Top left corner is slightly bent, and there is foxing of this porous hand-made paper at lower right plate mark, as well as slight marks in margin at top and lower left.

Size of quarto sheet is 280mm x 215mm (11 inches x 8.1/2 inches). To plate mark measures 230 x 180mm (9 x 7 inches).

Stock Number: apJWbA16Price: $180.00