C1887

View of Ballaarat, Victoria, Australia. 1887. sic [Ballarat]

Detailed lithographic panorama of Ballarat, showing the city at the end of the c.19th. References: Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976 18716. Collections: National Library Australia: Bib ID 632842 State Library New South Wales: CALL NUMBERS … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

View of Ballaarat, Victoria, Australia. 1887. sic [Ballarat]

Date:

C1887

Condition:

Small repaired tear at left, otherwise in good condition, laid onto archival linen. with folds as issued

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

855mm 
x 285mm

Paper Size: 

890mm 
x 320mm
AUTHENTICITY
View of Ballaarat, Victoria, Australia. 1887. sic  [Ballarat] - Antique View from 1887

Genuine antique
dated:

1887

Description:

Detailed lithographic panorama of Ballarat, showing the city at the end of the c.19th.

References:
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976 18716.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 632842
State Library New South Wales: CALL NUMBERS MB 2 Q 34 , 992.2/1B3
State Library Victoria: RARELT 994.531 B21W (1887) B

Francis Wilson Niven (1831 - 1905)

Niven was a lithographic printer and mariner. At the age of 13 he went to sea and was apprenticed to John Sargent, captain of the Stebonheath. Following voyages to Victoria in 1851 and 1853, having gained the rank of first mate (1852), he was discharged in London on 15 June 1854. After prospecting with limited success, Niven decided upon the occupation of printing, specifically lithography, because it suited the artistic disposition he had inherited from his father. He purchased presses for £40 from Alfred Ronalds, a nurseryman at Ballarat who had formerly been a lithographer at Geelong. Niven taught himself to use this equipment with the aid of Ure's Dictionary of Arts. His first known commercial work was assisting with illustrations on Ballarat Punch in 1857. In the 1860s he trained with the lithographic artist Hermann Deutsch in his Bridge Road office. They produced many prints of Ballarat scenes. Between 1863 and 1865 Deutsch sold him the business. Innovation in lithography was a significant part of the firm's success and in 1873 Niven imported one of the earliest known commercial steam lithographic presses in Australia. F. W. Niven & Co. became a large printing business and at its peak employing seventy hands and having some £7000 worth of machinery.

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