East View of Sydney.
Published Dec.24.1802, by M.Jones Paternoster Row.
Hand-coloured stipple, sheet 125 x 210mm (4¾ x 8¼"). Cut to platemark.
Early view of Sydney, from 'The History of New South Wales [...]' supposedly by the famous pickpocket George Barrington (first published 1802), although there is no evidence of his involvement with the book, and London publishers used his name without scruples. This view, as McCormick notes, is a mirror-image of an engraving published in David Collins' 'An Account of the English Colony' (London, 1798), itself after a watercolour by Edward Dayes. The source has been augmented with the addition of an Aboriginal Australian aiming a spear at a British settler, drawing parallels with violence against settlers often depicted in prints such as those documenting Cook's voyages.
Tim McCormick, 'First Views of Australia 1788-1825', p.276; for another view of Sydney from the series see ref. 15718.
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