C1847

Lower Falls of Glen Stuart, on the Moriatta Rivulet in the Hills Near Adelaide. sic

George French Angas’s view of  Morialta Falls, Adelaide from the largest and earliest series of lithographs of the infant colony of South Australia. Angas’s description; Lower falls of Glen Stuart on the Moriatta Rivulet in the hills near Adelaide. Part … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Lower Falls of Glen Stuart, on the Moriatta Rivulet in the Hills Near Adelaide. sic

Date:

C1847

Engraver:

J.W.Giles 

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

250mm 
x 350mm

Paper Size: 

362mm 
x 540mm
AUTHENTICITY
Lower Falls of Glen Stuart, on the Moriatta Rivulet in the Hills Near Adelaide. sic - Antique View from 1847

Genuine antique
dated:

1847

Description:

George French Angas’s view of  Morialta Falls, Adelaide from the largest and earliest series of lithographs of the infant colony of South Australia.

Angas’s description; Lower falls of Glen Stuart on the Moriatta Rivulet in the hills near Adelaide. Part of the text accompanying the illustration reads ‘… in Glen Stuart, which is a rocky and romantic pass between the mountains, the beauty of the scenery is enhanced by several waterfalls; the Moriatta rivulet pours its rock-beaten stream through deep hills and over steep chasms of rock, with precipices rising like walls on either side. During its course through Glen Stuart until it reaches the plains, it has three distinct falls, all of which, after rain, are remarkably fine. The lower fall is represented in the annexed plate, where the swollen stream dashes over a precipice of some seventy feet, descending into a deep pool, from whence if again flows along on its downward mission to the plains. The borders of this stream are in many places choked with the fresh-water tea-tree; the native lilac, and a dwarf species of mimosa are frequent along its banks; a variety of Xantharaea, styled “black-boy” by the settlers, overruns the rocky sides of these hills, usually abounding in the most stony and inaccessible places’.

From George French Angas’s, South Australia Illustrated.

 

References:
Wantrup, J. Australian Rare Books. Sydney, 1987 :: p.309-316.
Tregenza, J. George French Angas. Artist, Traveller and Naturalist 1822-1886. Adelaide 1980 ::.
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.


Collections:
State Library South Australia: B 15276/23
National Gallery Australia: NGA 66.7.10.3
National Library Australia:

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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