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Descriptive Account of the Panoramic View, &c. of King George's Sound, and the Adjacent Country

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Dale, Robert, Havell, Robert, Descriptive Account of the Panoramic View of King George's Sound. London: Printed and Published By J. Cross, 18, Holborn, Opposit Furnival's Inn. and R. Havell, 77, Oxford Street.. 1834.

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Dale, Robert, Havell, Robert, (1834) Descriptive Account of the Panoramic View of King George's Sound. London: Printed and Published By J. Cross, 18, Holborn, Opposit Furnival's Inn. and R. Havell, 77, Oxford Street..

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Dale, Robert, Havell, Robert, Descriptive Account of the Panoramic View of King George's Sound. London: Printed and Published By J. Cross, 18, Holborn, Opposit Furnival's Inn. and R. Havell, 77, Oxford Street.. 1834.

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Located at what feels like the end of the world, the tiny settlement at King George Sound had been established in 1827 to frustrate the French. It was renamed Albany in 1832. This pamphlet by Lieut, R. Dale (63rd Regt.) was intended to accompany the aquatint panorama titled "Panoramic View of King George's Sound". Together with prints of the Panorama, it was sold to attendees of an exhibition given in the home of Thomas Pettigrew.

The colored panoramic aquatint view was taken from the summit of Mount Clarence. It was originally painted by Robert Havell from sketches by Dale and measured 19cm high and 274 cm long. The pamphlet written by Robert Dale in 1834, containing descriptions and commentary about the sound and the geography, geology, flora, fauna and native inhabitants of the immediate region. The pamphlet also contains a colored aquatint of the head of a local chief named Yagan.

The Panorama shows fledgling English soldiers trading with the local aboriginals in the Mount Clarence hills above the newly formed settlement of Albany, on the very southern portion of the West Australian coast. There are two harbours located within the sound, Princess Royal Harbour and Oyster Harbour.

This is a winter scene, showing the small settlement of Albany, and its public buildings, comprising of a jail, a barrack house, and a general store, together with private dwellings of low mud, brick and wood, roofed with thatch. Bold promontories, granite hills and a fine sound and harbour are depicted. Two islands are prominent: Breaksea and Michaelmass.

Local flora on display are the Banksia, Nuytsia, Mahogany and Kingia trees. To the extreme right of the panorama, the Porrongurup Range is to be seen. Also to the right of the panorama, a group of soldiers and local aborigines are seen returning from a kangaroo hunting expedition. Among the aboriginal party, their chief, Nakinna is to be seen.

1 print : aquatint, hand col. ; 19 x 274.2 cm. folded to 19 x 34.4 cm. London (77 Oxford Street) : Pubd. as the Act directs by Robt. Havell, 1834 Oct

References:

Chapman, Colonial Eye 32; Wantrup, pp.275 & 309. Bobins.

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Publisher: London: Printed and Published By J. Cross, 18, Holborn, Opposit Furnival's Inn. and R. Havell, 77, Oxford Street.

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Date Added: 2019-07-23

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