C1857

Gt. Collins St. Looking East from Wesleyan Chapel, Melbourne.

Finely engraved detailed colonial view by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-1880) of Collins Street, Melbourne. Interestingly the shop on the right of the image is a Chemist, very rare to have identified in colonial art.

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Full Title:

Gt. Collins St. Looking East from Wesleyan Chapel, Melbourne.

Date:

C1857

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

220mm 
x 170mm

Paper Size: 

275mm 
x 207mm
AUTHENTICITY
Gt. Collins St. Looking East from Wesleyan Chapel, Melbourne. - Antique View from 1857

Genuine antique
dated:

1857

Description:

Finely engraved detailed colonial view by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-1880) of Collins Street, Melbourne.

Interestingly the shop on the right of the image is a Chemist, very rare to have identified in colonial art.

References:
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976: 9924, 15440b.
Wantrup, J. Australian Rare Books. Sydney 1987: 260a, 260b.
Kerr, J. The Dictionary of Australian Artists Painters, Sketchers, Photographers and Engravers to 1870 Melbourne 1992: p.296-298.
Bowden, K. Samuel Thomas Gill Artist. Maryborough 1971: p.77-81, p.120.


Collections:
State Library Victoria: RARELTF 919.45 V66 A
National Gallery Victoria: Bib ID 2240064
State Library New South Wales: Q85/66

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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