Hitchin, J.: Adelaide, South Australia. North Terrace.
J.C. Hailes London 1841 (?)
tinted lithograph with original hand colouring and Gum Arabic. image 38 x 50 cm, with wide margins. some marginal tears not affecting image; some very soft creases; o/w vg cond.
This very attractive print of the North Terrace of Adelaide is based on a painting by Edward Opie (1810–1894), a British painter, in 1840. The location of the painting is unknown. In 1841, Hitchin produced the design for this print which was lithographed by S.Straker in 118 Bishopsgate, London.
On the right hand side of the print is the North Terrace with some side streets and the majority of main buildings. In the middle are the police station and the British Society’s Schoolhouse. On the other side of the Green towards the back of the view, is the Government House. In the foreground to the lft is a scene with indigenous people in front of a dwelling. A rider with a dog who is talking to another man, a couple taking the air and a shepherd are in the foreground; the background shows a chain of mountains and a wide area covered with trees.
We could only find one copy at the National Library of Australia: https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/2121711 . On 26th March 1910, a key to this print was published in the ‘Register’ magazine, though some version suggests an earlier publication. [see: State Library of South Australia: https://encore.slsa.sa.gov.au/iii/encore/record/C__Rb3119105]
[ref: 3949] £7,000