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5 views of New York Harbour (uncoloured)
5 views of the approaches to New York Harbour published in 1777 by J.F.W. Des Barres
|Hydrographer/Surveyor/Artist:||J.F.W. Des Barres|
|Size Of Original:||w 21.5" x h 27"|
|Paper Type||Innova Smooth Cotton 310gsm|
The production of views to assist navigation and pilotage into foreign harbours was by the mid-1770s and increasingly accepted and required practice. Indeed as far back as 1759 the British Admiralty issued instructions that all ships were required to make accurate observations as to the state of home and foreign coasts. Where artists (or those able to draw) were on-board ship they should provide illustrations.
is a third state edition which, like the coloured second state has
coastal elevations increased and vessels added to all views where the
first state offers no such detail. The five engravings or views of
presented here had the plate worked up in aquatint and the sepia images
give a very soft feel to presentation. Printed on Bates paper, sepia
gives a very artistic feel to the images. It is well worth viewing the
1779 published Des Barres, Knight and Hunter chart of
Harbour (Heritage Chart A203) to place the views and see what a navigators of the time would have seen when entering the harbour.