Views taken by Jos Green. On a Voyage from England to New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land. From thence Homewards via Bombay 1829.
GREEN Joseph (1829.)
EARLY IMAGES OF AUSTRALIA
Thirteen pencil sketches, ink washes and watercolours. 8vo. 245 by 185mm. Half morocco over marbled boards, shelf-rubbed, extremities worn. 13ll. Sydney, Hobart, Sri Lanka, India and St Helena,
A rare survival, this lovely suite of images includes six from the first phase of settlement of Australia.
At this time, Ralph Darling was Governor of New South Wales. During his governorship (1825-31), there was an expansion of the settlement along with its infrastructure, linking the communities in the Hunter Valley. It was under Darling that Van Diemen's Land was made a separate colony in December 1825, transferring full power to extant Lieutenant Governor Sir George Arthur. Arthur was considered a "high-minded, autocratic but thoroughly efficient administrator [who] seemed a very fit person to reassert the relaxed authority of the government and to tighten up the convict administration on the lines suggested by Commissioner John Thomas Bigge" (ADB). Indeed, in 1830, he established the infamous jail at Port Arthur.
The images are as follows: 1. "New Town Van Diemens Land" (ink wash) 2. "Macquarie Fort and Sidney [sic] Light House." (ink wash) 3. "Sidney [sic] New South Wales" (ink wash) 4. "Walker's Hotel Paramatta." (ink wash) 5. "Macquarie St. Hobart Town. Van Diemens Land." (watercolour) 6. "Back Bay and Fort Trincomalee" [Sri Lanka] (watercolour) 7. "View on the Malabar Coast." (pencil sketch) 8. "Hobart Town" (pencil sketch) 9. "Old Bunda Head Bombay" (ink wash) 10. "Longwood House. Residence of Nap. Bonaparte in St Helena." (pencil sketch) 11. "Bonaparte intend Residence had he lived." (ink wash) 12. "Bonaparte's Tomb. St. Helena." (pencil sketch) 13. "Isle of France." [Mauritius] (pencil sketch).
Very little is known about Joseph Green. He is not to be confused with the convict transported on the Georgiana in 1827, nor the similarly named transport of the same era.
Stock Code: 232006