John J. Crew was an English engraver commissioned by Edwin Carton Booth for his book “Australia” published in 1873, and the subsequent colourised volumes entitled “Australia Illustrated” produced between 1874-76.

Earlier gold discoveries in Australia created a demand for information about the colony from prospective emigrants and the wealthy who wanted to invest in the country. Booth, intending the series to be an ornate and exhaustive survey of the colony, commissioned a number of artists to provide sketches, drawings and engravings for this vast work which took ten years to produce.

Booth’s “Australia Illustrated” became one of the most popular illustrated books produced during the period of colonial expansion in the late 19th century.

Gallery: Engravings by John J. Crew artwork appearing in Edwin Carton Booth’s “Australia” published in 1873


Provenance: “Australia” vols. I & 2, 1873; Edwin Carton Booth F.R.C.I. with drawings by (John) Skinner Prout, N. (Nicholas) Chevalier, &c. &c.Author: Edwin Carton Booth
Contributor: John Skinner Prout (1805-1876)
Contributor: Nicholas Chevalier (1828-1902)
Date of Publication: 1873
Volume: I
Publisher: Virtue & Co
Place of Publishing: London
Copyright status: Out of copyright
Courtesy: The British Library