'A View of the County and the temporary erections near the site of the proposed Town of Adelaide in South Australia, 1837'
Archival Limited Edition Giclee of an original hand colored aquatint by Robert Havell after a water-colour by Colonel William Light (Surveyor-General) for the Publishing House, Smith Elder & Co., London, 1838 (part of a proposed series). Colonel William Light was an accomplished artist and no doubt hoped to have the record of establishing this first planned British colony documented through his artwork.
However, his cottage burnt to the ground, in the same year he died of Tuberculosis, in 1839. Much of his artwork was destroyed. His dream was to recognized as "The Founder of a City" as his father before him, trader and adventurer, Captain Francis Light. Captain Light had negotiated the Island Penang on the Malaysian Peninsula, on behalf of the East India Company. Colonel William Light's mother is believed to have been one of the Sultan of Kedah's daughters, with whom he negotiated the deal. William Light was have Malaysian. He had much opposition from the Commissioners, the Governor of the Colony John Hindmarsh, criticism from London and struggle with untrained staff to survey the City of Adelaide on the flood plain where it stands today.
Any present water issues could be addressed by continuing Light's example of excellent planning. With all the colonial resistance to his survey protocols he offered, "I Never expect the current generation to approve of it: but posterity will do me justice".
The current generation is enduring droughts and water shortages due to population growth, yet the the city and suburbs are situated on a flood plain. For this we owe Colonel William Light a huge debt of thanks and honor his resourceful vision.
Archival Edition Giclee Print Limited to 200 prints. Issued with numbered certificate.
Size of Image = 53 x 36 cm (12 1/6 x 14 1/3 inch)