Currency Exchange
WA. King George's Sound, Western Australia. Antique Print c1886

WA. King George's Sound, Western Australia. Antique Print c1886


by Fullwood, A.H.

Antique Engraving of King George's Sound, named after the reigning monarch in Britain, by George Vancouver, in 1761. The site of Albany at King George Sound, south-east of Perth, was the first "Swan River" (Western Australia) penal settlement established in 1826 with the arrival of the "Amity" under the command of Major Edmund Lockyer, who was the first to sketch this scene.

Original wood engraving after a sketch by an Australian artist Albert Henry Fullwood (1863-1930), for Andrew Garran's Picturesque Atlas of Australasia 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.  Leading artists and topographical engravers were commissioned, and Frederick Schell was appointed Art Director to compile illustrations for the publication. 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 and stippling 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.

Some full page engravings were inserted without printing on reverse (as with this one) but most of the engravings are within a page of text. This engraving is in good condition with the usual slight ageing of the paper. The engraving has later hand-colour and is mounted in antique-white acid-free archival mattboard ready for framing, and cellophaned for protection. Size of engraving is 5 x 10 inches or 13 x 26cm. Actual mounted size is 11 x 16 inches or 28 x 40cm.

Stock Number: apAustviewPrice: $100.00