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Sydney Heads, from the south. Engraving after Schell c1886

Sydney Heads, from the south. Engraving after Schell c1886

by Schell, Frederick B.

Antique print of lighthouse at Sydney Heads c1886.

Original wood engraving  by New York-born artist Frederick B. Schell (1838-1905), from his travels around Australia for The Picturesque Atlas Publishing Company. Leading artists and topographical engravers were commissioned, and Frederick Schell was appointed as Art Director to compile illustrations for Picturesque Atlas of Australasia which was published in Sydney between 1886 and 1888 to commemorate 100 years since First Fleet settlement in Australia, and to provide a graphic summary of the discovery, settlement and development in Australia and the adjacent countries.

Over 700 engravings were carved (in reverse) from drawings and sketches. Most of the engravings were carved from wood, but some finer portraits combined the skilled art of mezzotint with steel engraving. Some engraved views featured a lithographic border composed of Australian flora. The illustrations were some of the finest engravings produced anywhere in the world in the late 19th century. Their appreciation over the years is evident from many having been hand-coloured since publication. Most of the engravings were printed within pages of text, but some were printed almost the full-page size, and with no text on the reverse. 

This is a lovely antique print with later fine hand-colour. The measurement to the black border is 28 x 18cm (11 x 7 inches). The page has been clipped to 34 x 21cm (approximately 13.5 x 9.5 inches).

Stock Number: apavpSydHds1Price: $120.00

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