|Sketch of Saint Mary's Cathedral c. 1835|
Image : National Library of Australia.
This is an eccentric view of the old Cathedral, its squat proportions being presented in a much more "mediaeval" style. The Australian Dictionary of Biography's essay on Russell reveals that before immigrating to the Colony of NSW in 1833, he had trained and worked as an architect in Edinburgh. In Australia he worked mainly as a surveyor.
Since the quality of the drawing is quite good, we should assume that the Russell deliberately tried to "improve" the appearance of the building for the purposes of his sketch, by "correcting" the proportions. In this he succeeded admirably.
In the park, labourers are at work, possibly convicts.