C1856

Avenue Approach to Botanical Gardens Sydney

Artist:

Samuel Thomas Gill (1818 - 1880)

Rare lithographed view of the Botanical Gardens Sydney by Samuel Thomas Gill, who is best remembered for his depictions of colonial Australia. He moved to Sydney in 1856 and began publication of Scenery in and Around Sydney but the complete … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Avenue Approach to Botanical Gardens Sydney

Date:

C1856

Artist:

Samuel Thomas Gill (1818 - 1880)

Engraver:

Allan & Wigley 

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured lithograph.

Image Size: 

220mm 
x 158mm
AUTHENTICITY
Avenue Approach to Botanical Gardens Sydney - Antique Print from 1856

Genuine antique
dated:

1856

Description:

Rare lithographed view of the Botanical Gardens Sydney by Samuel Thomas Gill, who is best remembered for his depictions of colonial Australia. He moved to Sydney in 1856 and began publication of Scenery in and Around Sydney but the complete series was never completed and only two of the intended parts were ever issued. 

From Gill, Scenery in and around Sydney.

Collections:
National Library of Australia: obj-135667344

Biography:

Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-1880)

S.T.Gill as he is often now known, was born at Somerset, England, the son of Rev. Samuel Gill, Baptist minister, and educated at Plymouth in a school kept by his parents, and later at Dr Seabrook’s academy. His father taught him drawing and he was later employed in London as ‘Draftsman and Water Colour Painter’ by the Hubard Profile Gallery, an establishment which produced silhouettes. 

He arrived in South Australia in 1839 and by March 1840 he had established a studio in Gawler Place, Adelaide, which was open from ‘eleven till dusk’; he offered to produce portraits of human beings, horses and dogs, and to sketch houses and transfer the sketches ‘to paper suited for home conveyance’. In 1846 he accompanied the expedition Horrocks which reached the head of Spencer Gulf. In 1852 Gill travelled to the Victoria and in the next twenty years produced drawings, watercolours and lithographs of scenes of the Victorian and New South Wales gold fields. After 1870 Gill fell into obscurity and on 27 October 1880 he collapsed in Post Office Place, Melbourne, and was found to be dead when taken to hospital. 

Contrary to popular belief Gill didn’t die of drink-related illness. He died from a ruptured aorta, a heart attack. The post-mortem showed his liver was in very good condition. 

Gill’s legacy is a large body of work which portrayed life during the greatest gold boom the world had seen.

Sasha Grishin SLV

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