John Eyre (painter)

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For other persons with the same name, see John Eyre (disambiguation).
"Sydney Cove", a watercolor painting produced by Eyre in 1806.

John Eyre (1771–1812) was an early Australian painter and engraver. A transported convict, Eyre generally focused on urban landscapes, giving his creative output value not only as works of art but also as historical records.

Over the course of Eyre's artistic career, his work progressed from purely representative topographical depictions, to more artistic compositions with embellishments such as Aboriginal figures and ships at sea.[1] This progression is typical of the developmental pattern of landscape depiction in the early colonial period.[1]


  1. ^ a b Hoorn, Jeannette. Australian Pastoral: The Making of a White Landscape, Fremantle Press, 2007, pp. 31-32. ISBN 1-920731-54-7