London: R. Ackermann, 1820. This large print is the most important of the twelve views drawn to accompany his book "An Historical Account of New South Wales and Its Dependent Settlements; In Illustration of Twelve Views, Engraved by W. Preston, a Convict; from Drawings taken on the Spot, by Captain Wallis of the Forth-Sixth Regiment...", published in London by Ackerman in 1821. Although Wallis claimed the drawings as his own on the title page, the purchase of the original sketch album by the Mitchell Library in 2011 shows conclusively that the drawings were by the convict artist Joseph Lycett . The engraver Preston was also transported to Australia. The folklore surrounding this important work indicates that he engraved the views on the sheet-copper from the hulls of ships, as none other was available in New South Wales at the time.
Wallis arrived with the 46th regiment, on the same ship which brought Joseph Lycett as a convict. Both Preston and Lycett were prisoners under Wallis in Newcastle where Wallis ran the penal settlement between 1816 and 1818. Lycett was to receive fame, and a pardon, for his famous work "Views of Australia". Engraved by W. Preston from an Original Drawing by Capt. Wallis 46th Regt. London Pubd. Septr. 1, 1820, at R. Ackermann's, 10 Strand. Copper engraving with later hand-color, image 56x 38 cms, with generous margins.
"Wallis's book has a most important position in a collection of Australian plate books. It is the first book of general landscape views of early New South Wales, representing the first great celebration of the progress of the colony made under the civilising rule of Governor Macquarie and, indeed, of Wallis himself. It is also the first plate book, properly so called, to consist entirely of plates engraved in the colony by a colonial engraver". (Wantrup) Ferguson 842; Wantrup 217a. Very good condition. Item #7688