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William Macleay, later Sir William Macleay, was a New South Wales businessman, politician and naturalist. He founded the Linnean Society of New South Wales. In 1875, he fitted out the barque CHEVERT for a private scientific expedition and sailed for New Guinea. He obtained what he described as a "vast and valuable collection of zoological specimens". The view illustrates the CHEVERT and the four principal participants.


Published in The Australasian Sketcher. 1875.


Wood engraving.


332 mm x 228 mm.


Wood engravings were first produced in Europe in the fifteenth century. During the late eighteenth century the process was reintroduced 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 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. Where known, we have included the artist’s name.


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