Joseph Lycett: convict artist

 National Library of Australia, 1 March – 27 May 2007
Open daily 9am – 5 pm, Exhibition Gallery, free

 The National Library’s forthcoming exhibition, is the first exhibition to examine the life and work of Joseph Lycett (c.1775–1828), one of the most significant but elusive figures of Australian colonial art. A convict transported for forgery, Lycett arrived in Australia in 1814 and emerged as one of the colony’s most accomplished artists.

His paintings, amongst the most important visual records of early New South Wales and Tasmania, document Aboriginal life and culture, the landscape and its flora and the towns of colonial life.

It features 54 works from the National Library’s collection and provides a new appreciation of colonial life, towns and landscapes.

The exhibition is initiated by the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales and developed in partnership with the National Library of Australia and the State Library of New South Wales.

NOTE:
All Images are in high resolution JPEG format approximately A4 @ 300dpi.

Joseph Lycett (c.1775–1828)
View of Lake George, New South Wales, from the north east c.1820
Watercolour: 20x 7 x 28.6 cm
National Library of Australia Pictures Collection
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Joseph Lycett (c.1775–1828)
Aborigine climbing a tree with two Aborigines sitting beside a fire, others spearing birds c.1820
watercolour; 27.8 x 17.6 cm
National Library of Australia Pictures Collection
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Joseph Lycett (c.1775–1828)
View on the Wingecarribee River, New South Wales
London: J. Souter, 1824
hand col. aquatint, 23.0 x 33.0 cm
National Library of Australia Pictures Collection
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Joseph Lycett (c.1775–1828)
Melaleuca fulgens, Australia c.1820
watercolour; 36.5 x 26.4 cm
National Library of Australia Pictures Collection
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Joseph Lycett (c.1775–1828)
Distant view of Sydney and the harbour, Captain Piper’s naval villa at Eliza Point c.1820
watercolour; 17.6 x 27.8 cm
National Library of Australia Pictures Collection
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Joseph Lycett (c.1775–1828)
View of Captain Piper’s naval villa at Eliza Point near Sidney, New South Wales
London: J Souter, 1825
hand col. aquatint, 23.0 x 33.0 cm
National Library of Australia Pictures Collection
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Joseph Lycett (c.1775–1828)
Aborigines using fire to hunt kangaroos c.1820
watercolour; 17.7 x 27.8 cm
National Library of Australia Pictures Collection
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Joseph Lycett (c.1775–1828)
Aborigines hunting kangaroos c.1820
watercolour; 17.7 x 27.7 cm
National Library of Australia Pictures Collection
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Joseph Lycett (c.1775–1828)
Two Aborigines spearing eels c.1820
watercolour; 17.6 x 27.7 cm
National Library of Australia Pictures Collection
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