Sir Oswald Walters Brierly embarked on his first tour round the world as an artist on board Benjamin Boyd's Wanderer in 1841, but on his arrival in Australia settled in New South Wales, managing Boyd's whaling and other enterprises at Twofold Bay from 1842-1848. Whilst there, he joined Owen Stanley's surveying trip to the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait and New Guinea in the Rattlesnake and travelled with Henry Keppel on H.M.S. Maeander to New Zealand, Tahiti and South America, before returning to England in 1851. In 1874, he was appointed marine painter in ordinary to Queen Victoria.
Brierly was invited by the Duke of Edinburgh to join his expedition round the world on the latter's appointment to the command of H.M.S. Galatea in 1867. Prince Alfred, created Duke of Edinburgh in May 1866, commissioned the corvette Galatea specially for a voyage to the Australian colonies: 'On 18 January the Queen wrote to the Prince of Wales saying that Prince Alfred had 'of his own accord proposed a voyage to Australia' - & I encouraged him very much in this plan - as it is a colony of such importance, one in which beloved Papa took such interest & to which None of our Princes have yet been' (WRA T 5/4).
The original intention was that the Galatea should sail right around the world and return to Portsmouth in January 1869. However, because of the attempted assassination of the Duke in Sydney in March 1868, the ship came home and reached Portsmouth on 26th June 1868. Brierly was invited to be in attendance throughout the trip.' (D. Millar, op. cit., p. 116).
Sold with a copy of Rev. John Milner's The Cruise of H.M.S. Galatea, 1869.