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2 March 2016

Jervis Bay – Lithograph

This rare and beautiful lithograph of Jervis Bay with Plantation Point in the middle ground was by Captain Robert Westmacott, the image was printed on stone at William Spreat’s Establishment.  believed to be from 1848.
The title accompanying the image – Drawn from nature by Captain Westmacott.

Captain Robert Marsh Westmacott. 1801 - 1870

  • Artist (Painter),
  • Artist (Draughtsman)

Sketcher, army officer and pioneer, is best known for his Sketches in Australia, a volume of eighteen tinted lithographic views each preceded by a short description of the locality pictured and some historical background.

Widley travelled in his capacity as the governor's A.D.C. – The govenor at the time was
Bourke who was probably the most traveled colonial governor since the time of Lachlan Macquarie (1810-22), visiting many of the settled areas of New South Wales and Port Phillip, Westmacott therefore had the opportunity to see much of the Colony as it was then known. These travels took him to Illawarra (1834, 1836), Twofold Bay and Eden on the New South Wales south coast (1835), the Southern Tablelands, Newcastle, Port Stephens, over the Blue Mountains to Bathurst, and as far south as Port Phillip in 1837.

During his travels he took his sketch book and recorded many scenes of the time.

”He was an efficient Aide-de-camp to Governor Richard Bourke and played an important role in the development of the Illawarra district of New South Wales between 1838-47”

ref: https://www.uow.edu.au/~morgan/rmw1.html

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