C1857

Market Square, Looking N.E. from Malop St. Geelong.

Finely engraved detailed colonial view of Geelong by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-1880), with the Victoria Hotel on the left which had opened at the corner of Moorabool and Malop Streets in 1846. The view is looking towards the recently completed … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Market Square, Looking N.E. from Malop St. Geelong.

Date:

C1857

Engraver:

J.Tingle 

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

160mm 
x 110mm

Paper Size: 

276mm 
x 200mm
AUTHENTICITY
Market Square, Looking N.E. from Malop St. Geelong. - Antique View from 1857

Genuine antique
dated:

1857

Description:

Finely engraved detailed colonial view of Geelong by Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-1880), with the Victoria Hotel on the left which had opened at the corner of Moorabool and Malop Streets in 1846. The view is looking towards the recently completed a single southern wing along Little Malop Street of the Townhall.

The two acres of land for the Town Hall was acquired by the council in 1854 on the corner of Little Malop and Gheringhap Streets. A design competition was held, with 12 entries being received. The winning entry was submitted by a Melbourne architect, Joseph Reed with an estimated cost of 34,533 pounds (. The council decided to only build a single southern wing along Little Malop Street. The foundation stone was laid on April 9, 1855 by the then-Mayor Dr William Baylie. The wing was completed soon after.

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 ….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 Library Australia: Bib ID 453023
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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