C1879

Lepralia Malusii

Artist:

Edward Gilks (1822 - ?)

Fig. 1. Lepralia Vittata. Fig. 2. Lepralia Brogniartii. Fig 3. Membranipora perforata. Fig 4. Lepralia Elegans. Fig 5 & 6. Lepralia Pertusa. Fig 7. Lepralia Malusii. Fig 8. Lepralia Lunata.  Rare lithograph from Frederick McCoy’s, “Natural history of Victoria; Prodromus of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Lepralia Malusii

Date:

C1879

Artist:

Edward Gilks (1822 - ?)

Condition:

Small brown spot in left hand margin of the page, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

150mm 
x 250mm
AUTHENTICITY
Lepralia Malusii - Antique Print from 1879

Genuine antique
dated:

1879

Description:

Fig. 1. Lepralia Vittata.
Fig. 2. Lepralia Brogniartii.
Fig 3. Membranipora perforata.
Fig 4. Lepralia Elegans.
Fig 5 & 6. Lepralia Pertusa.
Fig 7. Lepralia Malusii.
Fig 8. Lepralia Lunata. 

Rare lithograph from Frederick McCoy’s, “Natural history of Victoria; Prodromus of the zoology of Victoria; or figures and descriptions of the living species of all classes of the Victorian indigenous animals”.

Biography:

Edward Gilks (c.1822-?)

Artist, sketcher, lithographer and draughtsman, was born in London, son of Thomas Gilks, an officer at the West India Docks. In 1836 he was apprenticed for seven years to Thomas Dean, a well-known lithographer of Threadneedle Street, London. From about 1844 to about 1850 he was in partnership with his brother Thomas, a wood-engraver, then worked on his own account until departing for Victoria in October 1852. During this period he taught art, both privately and at the City of London Mechanics Institute. Gilks and his wife, Elizabeth, née Grant, arrived at Melbourne in the Alipore on 19 January 1853. 

He set up business as a lithographer at 87 Flinders Lane East, later being listed at 93 Flinders Lane East. In April 1853 he and his wife, a wax modeller, attended a meeting to found the Victorian Fine Arts Society and he was appointed to the interim committee, although he does not seem to have exhibited in the society’s August exhibition. At the Melbourne Exhibition the following year, however, he showed several works, including a design for a new Government House and a view of the Exhibition Building, both of which he lithographed and published as prints. 

In April 1855 Gilks was appointed lithographic draughtsman in the Department of Crown Lands. He resigned in April 1858 and again set up his own business, at 84 Little Collins Street West. This was not successful and he became insolvent the following November, after which he managed to secure temporary employment back at the Crown Lands Department and with the Geological Survey in 1860 as well as working privately. 

Between 1861 and 1863 he worked for Frederick McCoy, drawing specimens and lithographing natural history subjects for McCoy’s Prodromus of the Palaeontology of Victoria and Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria. During this period, in October 1862, he again became insolvent. Throughout the 1860s he had periods of temporary work as a draughtsman with the Mining Department and for various publishers. He became insolvent for the third time in July 1869.

He again set up in business, at 83 Swanston Street, where he survived only from 1871 to 1872. He seems to have been appointed to the Engineer-in-Chief’s Office of the Railway Department as a draughtsman shortly after this, a position he held until his retirement on 31 December 1885.

Thereafter he returned to London, where he died. The date of his death is not known.

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