C1855

Ballaarat Flat from the Black Hill. sic

Rare lithograph of gold miners at the Ballarat gold fields by Samuel Thomas Gill from his famous series of lithographic views, The Diggers and Diggings of Victoria as They Are in 1855.  

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Full Title:

Ballaarat Flat from the Black Hill. sic

Date:

C1855

Condition:

Minor creasing as often found, faint stain at lower left in margin, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured lithograph.

Image Size: 

192mm 
x 130mm

Paper Size: 

226mm 
x 153mm
AUTHENTICITY
Ballaarat Flat from the Black Hill. sic - Antique View from 1855

Genuine antique
dated:

1855

Description:

Rare lithograph of gold miners at the Ballarat gold fields by Samuel Thomas Gill from his famous series of lithographic views, The Diggers and Diggings of Victoria as They Are in 1855.

 

References:
Bowden, K. Samuel Thomas Gill Artist. Maryborough 1971: p.124, No [2].

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 1694437
State Library Victoria: Accession no: H1871

Samuel Thomas Gill (1818 - 1880)

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

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