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Australia, Princes Bridge, originally Prince's Bridge,  c1886

Australia, Princes Bridge, originally Prince's Bridge, c1886

Regular price $190.00 Sale

Original Print from Garran's The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia

Date: c1886

Publisher: Picturesque Atlas Publishing Co, Sydney

Paper Size: 260 x 160mm

Condition: Good

Technique: Wood Engraving

Price: $190

Description: Original Wood Engraving with later hand colouring

Provenance:

The Princes Bridge is in Melbourne and spans the Yarra River. It is built on the site of one of the oldest river crossings in the city and forms a gateway into the Central City of Melbourne from the South. 

The present bridge was built in 1888 and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. 

The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia 

Published in Sydney in 1886-88, the enormous, multi-volume 'Picturesque Atlas of Australia' 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: 

Smedley, William John 
 

From The Australian Dictionary of Biography

Written by Katherine Harper