Images of the west coast preceded those of the east. The Dutch, English, and French visited and depicted it many times during the seventeenth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In the ensuing pre-settlement years, images of west-coast Australia were similar to those made by European visitors to other parts of Australia. Indeed, many of the artists who depicted the West at this time were those who also portrayed the east coast. These early sketches were usually made as records on scientific expeditions.