Published March 5 1803 by M. Jones Paternoster Row.
Hand-coloured stipple, sheet 125 x 210mm (4¾ x 8¼"). Cut to plate at bottom.
Garden Island, an inner-city locality of Sydney since joined to the mainland, and used for government and naval purposes since the first days of British settlement. 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. As Tim McCormick shows, the views and text in the book were plagiarised from various sources. This engraving does not relate to any other known views but uit and the other views of the book 'are of interest because they illustrate how the already complex process of converting an original field drawing to a published book illustration can be still further extended by an illicit traffic in images'.
Tim McCormick, 'First Views of Australia 1788-1825', p.276; for another view of Sydney from the series see ref. 15718.
[Ref: 37078] £180.00