Roebourne 1888


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Roebourne is situated in the Pilbarra region of North West Australia. It is named after the first Surveyor General of Western Australia: John Septimus Roe. Francis Mahony, the artist of this work was born in Melbourne in 1862. When he was ten the family moved to Sydney. He came to prominence when he was hired to work as a young artist for the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia. Late in life he became one of Australia’s best known sporting artists particularly his paintings of horses. He moved to England in 1901, where he never quite reached the heights of success of his earlier days. He died of cancer in Kensington in 1916. The National Gallery of New South Wales hold a number of his works. 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.

Dimensions 18 × 10 cm




Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, Sydney

Date Published



Good Condition

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