Courtesy of Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales | Licence: Out of copyright
Courtesy of Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales | Licence: Out of copyright

The Costume of the Australasians

c.1817-1840

Edward Charles Close

From the collection

Title

The Costume of the Australasians

Date

c.1817-1840

Description

Inscribed with title (lower left)
This drawing is a primary source for the history of clothing in Australia. Distinctive in its social inclusiveness and its tone of amiable satire, it includes rare images of convicts, and records the prisoners’ apparent easy co-existence with free settlers and with their military gaolers.
Shows a total of ten figures including the Governor’s aide-de-camp Lt John Watts; an officer; soldier; a bandsman of the 73rd Regiment (McLeod’s Highlanders); wealthy colonial figures; convicts on government service.

Album details: Edward Charles Close - New South Wales Sketchbook: Sea Voyage, Sydney, Illawarra, Newcastle, Morpeth, c. 1817-1840
More details about the album and its contents can be found on the collection website.

Disclaimer

TWW try to keep the information on this page up to date. However, for the most accurate information you should always consult the owning collection

From the Watercolour World

Location

Australia

Country

Continent

Location Accuracy

Unknown

Category

Credits

Image Credit

Courtesy of Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Image Licence

Spotted an error? Let us know: enq[email protected]colourworld.org

Leave a comment

Do you know more about this painting and the story behind it? Please share your thoughts below.