Australia, The  General Post Office in Queen Street Brisbane,  c1886

Australia, The General Post Office in Queen Street Brisbane, c1886

Regular price $80.00 Sale


Original from Garran's The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia

Date: c1886

Artist: Unknown

Publisher: Picturesque Atlas Publishing Co, Sydney

Paper Size: 100 x 100mm

Condition: good

Technique: Wood Engraving

Price: $80

Description: Wood Engraving with later hand colouring

Provenance:

This antique print if the General Post Office in Queen Street Brisbane with a horse-drawn double-decker bus and people in long Victorian fashion. The building was designed by FDG Stanley and the construction was by John Petrie.

From 1872  to 1879 the building was occupied by The Queensland Museum before moving to the William St premises of the Old State Library. During the days of the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement, from 1824 to 1842, the site housed the Female Factory or Women's Prison. 

The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia 

Published in Sydney in 1886-88, the enormous, multi-volume 'Picturesque Atlas of Australasia' was an attempt with words and pictures to describe the Australia of the time.

Its publication was one of the most significant cultural projects in 19th-century Australia. Writers, artists, academics, and politicians came together to prepare a book of unprecedented grandeur and ambition, and a publishing company was established to publish it. The 1100+ engravings on steel and wood contained in the Picturesque Atlas were among the finest engravings to be found anywhere in the world at this time, and many of the illustrations were specially commissioned works by leading Australian artists of the era, for the publication.
A unique and valuable historical record of Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.

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