Alisa Bunbury on Absalom West’s ‘Views in New South Wales’

16 Jul 2020

Alisa Bunbury shows us two prints from a series of the earliest landscape prints made in Australia. The etchings discussed show a view of Warrane (Sydney Cove, commonly known as Circular Quay), as it was back in 1813, twenty-five years after Gadigal lands were invaded. We can see the areas now occupied by the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, as well as the first Government House, which is where the Museum of Sydney now stands.

John Lewin (artist)
John Eyre (draughtsman)
Walter Preston (etcher)
View of part of Sydney, the capital of New South Wales. Taken from Bene Long’s Point 1812
plates 3 and 4 in Absalom West’s Views in New South Wales 1812–1414
etchings
The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of the Russell and Mab Grimwade Bequest 1973