Sarah Stone was the artist for the book Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales, written by John White and published in 1789. The book is one that the compiler of this blog considers to be a concise and reliable account of the First Fleet and the settlement at Sydney Cove. White was the Surgeon-General for the First Fleet and the new penal colony and he seems to have had a publishing deal before he left England. Within days of the First Fleet’s arrival at New South Wales, people were already killing and/or collecting specimens of native flora and fauna. White got both himself and a collection of specimens back to London on one of the returning convict transport ships and the task of producing the first professional sketches of Australia’s native wildlife was entrusted to the museum illustrator Sarah Stone. A talented artist, she was particularly renowned for her studies of birds. This collection includes a few additional engravings based on the artwork of some of her work colleagues, including F P Nodder, who handled most of the botanical illustrations. Click on first image to start the slideshow.


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