Geikie Gorge, Fitzroy River, Kimberley 1888

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Geikie Gorge is approximately 420km east of Broome. It was named after Sir Archibald Geikie, Director General of Geological Survey for Great Britain and Ireland in 1883. Geike never in fact visited the Gorge. The traditional owners: the Bunupa people would like it’s Aboriginal name Darngku to be the preferred name. 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. Julius Rossi Ashton was a painter, teacher and writer. He studied in England and France and came to Australia in 1878 becoming an influential member and supporter of the Arts Community. He established the Sydney Art School that survives today as the Julian Ashton School of Art.

Dimensions 18 × 11 cm
Artist

Title

Geikie Canon, Fitzroy River

Published

Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, Sydney

Date Published

1888

Condition

Good Condition