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Landor, A. H. S.

27 original 19th century watercolour sketches of Australia.

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Australia, not published, [n.d., but 1891]. Mostly ca. 18 x 13 cm, some larger (up to 23 x 14 cm) or smaller (the smallest 17.5 x 6 cm). Some with hand-written captions.

Australia, not published, [n.d., but 1891]. Mostly ca. 18 x 13 cm, some larger (up to 23 x 14 cm) or smaller (the smallest 17.5 x 6 cm). Some with hand-written captions.

Born in Florence, Italy, Arnold Henry Savage Landor (1865-1924), was a successful painter and daring explorer. He is famous for his travels in Tibet (In the Forbidden Land and Tibet and Nepal were books he wrote of his travels there), where he endured terrible adversities. Another of his famous voyages was to Africa, and is described in his book Across Widest Africa. In 1891, on one of his early voyages, he visited Australia, where he painted a portrait of Sir Henry Parkes, the Prime Minister of New South Wales, which excited much admiration in Sydney because of its striking resemblance. While in Sydney, Landor also painted the portrait of the African explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley. This voyage to Australia never turned into a book. He nearly circumnavigated the continent, as views include Port Darwin, Brisbane, Townsville and Castle Hill, the harbour of Hobart, etc., and several landscapes still to be identified. En route in Australia he painted the landscape, mainly near anchorages, in bays, in mountainous areas or near small towns. Quite a large number of the watercolours show ships in them. This suite of 27 paintings shows his true craftmanship. We have listed them as follows: [1] - Flinders Group. Queensland. (13,8 x 11,4 cm); [2] - Townsville. [Queensland] (13,8 x 11,4 cm); [3] - Albany Pass. Cape York. [Queensland] (13,8 x 11,4 cm); [4] - Restoration Rock. [Queensland] Australia (17,6 x 12,6 cm); [5] - Brisbane. [Queensland] (17,7 x 12,6 cm); [6] - Jasmine’s House. Cape York. [Queensland] (17,6 x 12,6 cm); [7] - Castle Hill. Flinders Group. [Queensland] (17,6 x 12,6 cm); [8] - Cooktown? Cook bay? (13,4 x 12,6 cm); [9] - Port Darwin. [Northern Territory] (17,6 x 12,6 cm); [10] - Hobart. [Tasmania] (22,9 x 11,0 cm); [11] - Hobart. [A steamship with 3 masts] (22,9 x 14,2 cm); [12] - Thursday Island. [Queensland] (17,6 x 12,6 cm); [13] - Brisbane [Queensland] (17,7 x 12,6 cm); [14] - [unidentified island? with small town/harbour with a mountain on top of which is a church] (17,6 x 12,6 cm); [15] - Jim Jim Falls? [Northern territory] (17,7 x 12,8 cm); [16] - [View of mountains, probably Northern territory] (17,7 x 12,6 cm); [17] - Coastal view with bays and mountains painted from a high point, [Northern Territory?] (22,8 x 14,1 cm); [18] - View of a shrine with cross on a mountain with the sea in the background, [Northern Territory?] (22,9 x 14,1 cm); [19-27] [Views of the Austrailan coast] (various sizes between 12,6 x 4,25 cm and 22,8 x 14,1 cm). Three exhibitions of his paintings were displayed in 1959-60 by the British Council in the Palazzo del Drago at Rome, in the Palazzo Antinori in Florence and in Naples at the British Consulate. It is possible he wanted to return to Australia in order to get more material for a book. All watercolours in a very good state; clean and without foxing. A unique and important collection.

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