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View of Geelong surrounded by vignette views of the Curator's Lodge Botanic Gardens, Buckley's Falls Barwon River, You Yangs from Moorabool Wharf, Victoria Woolen Cloth Factory, Town Hall Geelong,  and Princes Bridge over the Barwon.  The principle view is of Geelong taken from Drumcondra and shows the sweep of the harbour around the Eastern Beach and Eastern Park. 



Wood engraving 225mm x 325m.


Published in The Australasian Sketcher.  1874



Wood engravings were first produced in Europe in the fifteenth century. During the late eighteenth century the process was revived and used for inexpensive illustrated books. The nineteenth century publishing phenomena of the illustrated newspaper was made possible by use of the technique. The process allowed for both the illustration and the text to be printed by a single pass through the printing press using the letterpress method.  It also made it possible for several engravers or even a team to produce and work on a single illustration at the same time.


All the major artists of the period contributed to the illustrations. Some papers acknowledged the artists on the plates but The Australasian Sketcher appears to have had a policy of anonymity. They all had distinctive house styles. Where known, we have included the artist’s name.


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