Photograph Album. Views of Sydney, 1842. From Sketches by John Rae. 27 original photographs of early Sydney views

RAE, John


Publisher: Sydney, William Gullick, 1898
Description: Letterpress titlepage, index, 27 original photographs mounted on card. Oblong folio [320x430cm], sumptuously bound in full morocco by the Government binder, gilt lettering and decorations, all edges gilt, gilt dentelles. Some foxing to mounts, not affecting photographs and a little bumping to album corners. Else in very good condition

Album includes photographic reproductions of watercolours painted by the artist in 1842 and 1850. Images include Sydney streets, parks, churches, dwellings and views around the harbour. John Rae, 1813-1900, public servant, author and painter, migrated to Australia in 1839 to work in Sydney. Rae was also a talented amateur artist. He painted water-colours of Sydney streets, taught himself photography and used it to record details for later paintings and his camera obscura contributed to his panorama of Sydney Harbour. He also produced large panoramas of Wollongong, Newcastle and part of the Murray Valley. His sketches of colonial scenes were sent to the Calcutta Exhibition in 1883 and to the Centennial International Exhibition, Melbourne, in 1888. In 1900 the Bulletin praised his collection of views of old Sydney [ADB]

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