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Cockatoo Island is a sandstone island to the west of Sydney Cove in the Parramatta River. It was initially used as a convict settlement and a quarry. In 1870 it became a dockyard and shipbuilding centre and with the foundation of the Australian Commonwealth, the principle Royal navy Dockyard. The artist, John Skinner Prout (1805-1876) emigrated from Britain in 1840 with his family. He was an established professional artist with his own lithographic press. Mainly a water-colourist and lithographer, he is regarded as one of the finest colonial artists of the period.


Steel engraving.

Later hand-colouring.

123 x 175 mm. Image size.

Good condition.

COCKATOO ISLAND. 1874. John Skinner Prout.

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