C1847

Lake Albert.

George French Angas’s view of Lake Albert from the largest and earliest series of lithographs of the infant colony of South Australia. Angas’s account;  The view from this spot, which is situated on the South Eastern shore of Lake Albert … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Lake Albert.

Date:

C1847

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

340mm 
x 240mm

Paper Size: 

450mm 
x 360mm
AUTHENTICITY
Lake Albert. - Antique View from 1847

Genuine antique
dated:

1847

Description:

George French Angas’s view of Lake Albert from the largest and earliest series of lithographs of the infant colony of South Australia.

Angas’s account;  The view from this spot, which is situated on the South Eastern shore of Lake Albert upon the borders of the extensive scrub that is known as the “Desert”, commands a prospect of the greatest portion of the Lake, with the distant country beyond, and Mount Barker visible above the horizon. To the right, where the Lake sweeps, round to the N.W., are situated Bonney’s Wells, a number of springs of fresh water, so called after Mr. Bonney. who first discovered them. At this place the South Australian Company have their principal sheep station on the Lake. The water of Lake Albert is brackish, but the quantity of saline matter held in solution by its waters varies considerably according to the wind and the tide from Lake Alexandrina, with which it is connected by a narrow passage between Point Malcolm and the Peninsula: whilst at certain periods the water is impalatable. at other times the salt is scarcely perceptible. The Scrub forming the foreground of this illustration, stretches along inland from the Coorung for a distance of forty to fifty miles, and consists of dwarf eucalyptus. The Scrub forming the foreground of this illustration, stretches along inland from the Coorung for a distance of from forty to fifty miles, and consists of dwarf eucalypts, xantharaea, and a great variety of small shrubs and other plants that delight in a sandy soil’.

From George French Angas’s, South Australia Illustrated.

References:
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976: Volume IV, 4451.
Gill, T. Bibliography of South Australia. Adelaide. (1886) 1976.: P.16.
Tregenza, J. George French Angas. Artist, Traveller and Naturalist 1822-1886. Adelaide 1980:.
Wantrup, J. Australian Rare Books. Sydney 1987: Pp. 309-316.


Collections:
State Library South Australia: B 15276/44
National Library Australia: Bib ID 1842672
National Gallery Australia: NGA 66.7.8.2

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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