Australian, King William Street from Victoria Square, Adelaide, #2, c1886

Australian, King William Street from Victoria Square, Adelaide, #2, c1886

Regular price $160.00 Sale

Original Print from Garran's The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia

Date: c1886

Artist: Fitler, William, Crowthers

Publisher: Picturesque Atlas Publishing Co, Sydney

Paper Size: 255 x 155mm

Condition: good

Technique: Wood Engraving

Price: $160

Description: Original Wood Engraving with later hand colouring

Provenance:

After Fitler's 1885-1886 Travels around Australia

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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Biography: 

Fitler, William Crowthers (1857-1915)

Fitler was born in Philadelphia in 1857 and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He was a tonalist landscape painter and most of his works depict views of New York, Connecticut, or Long Island. Fitler was a member of the Salmagundi Club, New York Watercolor Club, Brooklyn Art Association, Artists Fund Society, and New York Municipal Art Society. Fitler came to Australia with Fred B. Schell and W.T. Smedley to work on Australia’s most ambitious and largest colonial publishing venture the, Picturesque Atlas of Australia.

On his return to America he exhibited widely and was included in shows at the National Academy (1880-1907), Brooklyn Art Club (1881-1886), and Boston Art Club (1881-1908).