August 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
Topographical Drawings (as sources of data)
‘Panorama of Sydney’. by Thomas Woore. 1828.
- Drawn in front of the Mitchell / State Library.
- A topographical drawing (like ‘Cook’ etc.‘s ‘Coastal Profile’, it is drawn scientifically, with proper measures). Highly informative.
‘Brambila Sketches’. 1793.
- Sketched on a Spanish Expedition (1793).
- Report was supressed.
- Drawings presented to Lieutenant Governor Paterson.
- Sent in dispatch to Colonial Office.
- Forwarded to George III and lost.
- Published in 1988 in ‘First Views in Australia’.
- Recognised in Kings Topographical Collection Volume 124, Supplement by Peter Barber.
- Two Versions; Sydney and Madrid. Tree was aesthetically moved off centre for Madrid, with a non-existent house substitituted in.
- Hence; images must be interpreted as documents. Maps and images must be interpreted together.
‘Panoramic View of King George’s Sounds’. Robert Dale. 1834.
- 360 Degree view and text.
- Royal Geographical Society.
- Background matches precisely.
- Foreground visualizes the Aboriginal people and activities.
- FG also contains a non-existent tree.
- Dale is constructing a story of fiction and non-fiction, showing the peace, and justifying Yagen’s Head.
Case Study: Grace Karskens on The Rocks.
- 1809 – Painted in Sydney.
- 1810 – Engraved in London.
- The Engraver extended the painting, aesthetically inventing fictional buildings.
- These ‘early row huts’ were incorrectly referenced by Grace Karskens.
- Tim McCormick et al. pointed out in First views of Australia 1788-1825, (1987) that ‘the buildings…appear to be the invention of the engraver. They do not appear on any known drawing’.
- Hence, care must be taken with images, which should be seen as texts.