C1847

The Departure of Captain Sturt, August 1844.

Wonderful depiction of Captain Sturt’s large party departing Adelaide to determine the existence of a dividing range in central Australia in August 1844 by Gill, made during his time in South Australia 1839 to 1852. Through many setbacks including drought … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Departure of Captain Sturt, August 1844.

Date:

C1847

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph, with original hand colouring and gum Arabic.

Image Size: 

400mm 
x 270mm

Paper Size: 

528mm 
x 365mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Departure of Captain Sturt, August 1844. - Antique View from 1847

Genuine antique
dated:

1847

Description:

Wonderful depiction of Captain Sturt’s large party departing Adelaide to determine the existence of a dividing range in central Australia in August 1844 by Gill, made during his time in South Australia 1839 to 1852. Through many setbacks including drought and flood Sturt undertook a trek of nearly five hundred miles towards the centre of the continent. He discovered Cooper’s Creek and crossed Sturt’s Stony Desert. He was eventually forced to turn back due to the sand dunes of the Simpson Desert. His expedition confirmed the confluence of the Darling and Murray Rivers, refuted the concept of an inland sea, found no large river and determined there was no central dividing range.

Angas’s description;
‘The annexed plate will convey some idea of the busy and animated scene the city of Adelaide presented on the eventful morning the gallant Sturt set out on his late expedition to penetrate into the centre of the vast continent of Australia: he was attended by a large concourse of his friends and fellow colonists, who accompanied him out of town, mounted upon horseback, and the day was a gala for the citizens of Adelaide.’

From George French Angas’s, South Australia Illustrated.

References:
Gill, T. Bibliography of South Australia. Adelaide. (1886) 1976. p.16.
Wantrup, J. Australian Rare Books. Sydney 1987 P.309-316..
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976 4457, Volume IV.
Tregenza, J. George French Angas. Artist, Traveller and Naturalist 1822-1886. Adelaide 1980.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 1853897
State Library South Australia: B 15276/54
National Gallery Australia: ACCESSION NUMBER 66.7.3.4

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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