Cossack is situated in the Kimberley coast, North West Australia. The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia was the most ambitious publishing venture in Australian history during the 1800’s. It was conceived and financed by American publishers with the ambitious aim of being the most comprehensive survey of Australia’s colonial history using the best available artists, the best paper and the finest printing and engraving techniques. This doomed it to financial failure. However it left a legacy of some of the finest images and maps of Australia in the 19th Century. Frederick.B. Schell (1838-1902) was an American artist hired as the senior illustrator for The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia.he arrived in Sydney with a number of other American artists and engravers. In 1898 he exhibited in the Grafton Gallery, London as part of their exhibition of Australian art.