Australia, Wollongong from the Lighthouse, c1886

Australia, Wollongong from the Lighthouse, c1886

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Original Print from Garran's The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia

Date: c1886

Artist: Ashton, Julian Rossi

Publisher: Picturesque Atlas Publishing Co, Sydney

Paper Size: 180 x120mm

Condition: good

Technique: Wood Engraving

Price: $90

Description: Original Wood Engraving 


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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Ashton Julian Rossi
Julian Rossi Ashton (1851-1942), an art teacher and artist, was born on 27 January 1851 at Addlestone, Surrey, England, elder son of a wealthy American, Thomas Briggs Ashton, and his wife Henrietta, daughter of Count Carlo Rossi, a Sardinian diplomat. Soon after his birth, the family moved to Gulval, Cornwall, where his father, an amateur painter, encouraged the artistic leanings of Julian and his brother George. About 1862 the Ashtons moved to Totnes on the River Dart, where Julian attended the local grammar school, but his father died and the family, now in financial straits, went to London.

On 1 August 1876 at Hackney, he married Eliza Ann Pugh (d.1900).

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From The Australian Dictionary of Biography

Written by Katherine Harper