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Brisbane in 1888 large hand-coloured print after Clarson.

Brisbane in 1888 large hand-coloured print after Clarson.

by Clarson, William

Hand-coloured reproduction printed from a lithograph by W.A. Clarson.

William Alfred Clarson (1852-1906), was the first Secretary of the Art Society of New South Wales from 1880, when Julian Rossi Ashton was the Society’s President.

This large aerial view of Brisbane, capital city of Queensland, Australia, with the main wharves in the foreground, looks across the bridge to the city centre, with the winding Brisbane River, lending a congenial atmosphere.

Although there were previous panoramas, looking down from Wickham Terrace in 1866, 1874 and 1885, this was the first Brisbane panorama of this style and the most comprehensive printed image of colonial Brisbane. It has been assumed that Clarson’s view was from a balloon above the south bank of Brisbane, but as such a newsworthy event was not reported when the scene first appeared on 30th August 1888 in the Supplement to The Illustrated Sydney News, it is more likely that he climbed the bell-tower of St John’s Pro-Cathedral for the view.

Measurement to image border measures 60 x 41cm (approximately 23.5 x 16 inches). Paper size is 70 x 61cm (17.5 x 24 inches). This image is also available as printed, in black and white (previous item).

Stock Number: HE203cPrice: $110.00