Crater of Mount Schank.

George French Angas’s view of Crater of Mount Schank from the largest and earliest series of lithographs of the infant colony of South Australia. Angas’s account; Mount Schank is one of several extinct volcanoes situated at the South Eastern extremity … Read Full Description

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Crater of Mount Schank.






Minor spotting to sheets edges, otherwise in good condition.


Lithograph with original hand colouring.

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x 255mm

Paper Size: 

x 360mm
Crater of Mount Schank. - Antique View from 1847

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George French Angas’s view of Crater of Mount Schank from the largest and earliest series of lithographs of the infant colony of South Australia.

Angas’s account; Mount Schank is one of several extinct volcanoes situated at the South Eastern extremity of the Province of South Australia. In May 1844, I visited this remarkable district in company with His Excellency Governor Grey, and an exploring party. The crater of Mount Schank is a hollow truncated cone, of dark cellular lava; it is about 600 or 700 feet in altitude, and rises almost abruptly from a rich plain, scattered with luxuriant gum and wattle trees; the view from the rim, or outer edge of the crater is peculiarly striking; the neighbouring peaks of Mount Gambier … rise in the distance on the one side … whilst on the other, the Mouth of the Glenelg, the high land of Cape Nelson, and indentations of Bridge-water and Discovery Bay, with the Southern Ocean beyond, appear as on a map, over the opposite edge of the crater … The accompanying sketch was taken in the early morning, and as I started betimes from our camp, I was the first to climb the mountain, stand alone on the edge of that vast crater, and to feel the thrill of pleasure which the grand and sudden panorama awakended. – This is one of the rewards of a traveller’s toil’.

From George French Angas’s, South Australia Illustrated.

National Gallery Australia: NGA
National Library Australia: Bib ID 8059950
Stale Library SA: record b2793076~S1

Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976 :: Volume IV, 4457.
Gill, T. Bibliography of South Australia. Adelaide. (1886) 1976 :: P.16.
Wantrup, J. Australian Rare Books. Sydney 1987 :: p. 309-316.
Tregenza, J. George French Angas. Artist, Traveller and Naturalist 1822-1886. Adelaide 1980 ::.

George French Angas (1822 - 1886)

Angas was a painter, lithographer, engraver and naturalist, fourth child and eldest son of George Fife Angas, a merchant and banker. As the eldest son he was expected to join his father's firm, but some months in a London counting house proved a disillusioning experience. In 1841 he took art lessons for four months from Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, a natural history painter and lithographer, and armed with this instruction set out to see the world. He began in the Mediterranean publishing, A Ramble in Malta and Sicily in the Autumn of 1841.......Illustrated with Sketches Taken on the Spot, and Drawn on the Stone by the Author, the following year. Angas's father had established the South Australian Company in 1836 and had large areas of land as well as banking interests in the province. George French sailed for South Australia in 1843 in the Augustus, arriving in Adelaide on 1st January 1844. Within days he had joined an exploring party selecting runs for the South Australia Company. They traveled through the Mount Lofty Ranges to the Murray River and down to Lake Coorong and Angas sketched views of the countryside, native animals and the customs and dwellings of the Narrinyerri people. Later he drew scenes on his father's land - 28,000 acres in the Barossa Valley - and accompanied George Grey's expedition to the then unknown south-east as unofficial artist. In July 1844 Angas visited New Zealand. Guided by two Maoris, he traveled on foot and by canoe through both islands, painting portraits of Maoris and views. Angas's father died in 1879, leaving a vast estate from which George French received only a annuity of 1000 pounds. In 1884 he went to Dominica on a collecting expedition, finding shells, moths, butterflies and birds. Dogged by rheumatism and neuralgia during his last years, Angas died in London on 4 October 1886.

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James William Giles (1801 - 1870)

Giles was a painter and lithographer born in Glasgow , the son of a designer at the local calico. The family moved to Aberdeen around 1805 where his father worked in a printing factory at Aberdeen and was an artist of some repute. His father's early death threw his son at an early age upon his own resources and at 13 he maintained himself, his mother and sister by painting, and before he was 20 was teaching private classes in Aberdeen. At 21 he married a widow Clementina Farquharson. He then became a member of the Royal Scottish Academy and elected to the council of the Spalding Club. He first exhibited at the "Royal Institution for the Encouragement of the Fine Arts in Scotland", and in 1829 became an academician of the Royal Scottish Academy, and contributed numerous works to its exhibitions from that time until near the close of his career. He also exhibited frequently at the British Institution in London, and occasionally at the Royal Academy and the Society of British Artists.

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