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Waitara, New Zealand. Antique engraving after JR Ashton c1888.

Waitara, New Zealand. Antique engraving after JR Ashton c1888.

by Ashton, Julian Rossi

Antique print of Waitara, northeast of New Plymouth in Taranaki region of North Island of New Zealand.

Original wood engraving after a sketch by J.R. Ashton for Picturesque Atlas of Australasia. Engravings of early views of these regions illustrate the discovery, settlement and development of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. Picturesque Atlas of Australasia was published in Sydney between 1886 and 1888 to commemorate 100 years since settlement of the First Fleet from Britain at Port Jackson, Sydney in 1788. This series of engravings were among the finest of the late nineteenth century.

Julian Rossi Ashton (1851-1942) was an artist and art teacher who was highly influential in the artistic development of colonial Australia. Born in Surrey, England, Ashton was the elder son of a wealthy American, Thomas Briggs Ashton and wife Henrietta, the daughter of Sardinian diplomat Count Carlo Rossi. Ashton worked as an illustrator after arrival in Australia with his wife and son in 1878. From 1886 he taught art in Sydney and was greatly responsible for the appreciation of art in Australia. Established in 1935 his Sydney school, the Julian Ashton School (of Art), still exists today.

This small hand-coloured engraving measures 80 x 177mm (3 1/8 x 7 inches).

Stock Number: apNZg69Price: $65.00