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Sketches of Australian Life and Scenery
London,: Messrs. Newbold & Co., circa, 1865.. Hand-coloured lithograph, 170 x 295 mm (image size). Framed. Plate No.8 from a series by S.T.Gill depicting a broad spectrum of early Australian life in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. Altogether twelve plates were published in this series, they are individually very scarce.Gill is well-known for his lively depictions and showing what a dangerous place the Australian outback remained nearly one hundred years after settlement. Gill's awareness of this is theatrically expressed through the lengthy and melodramatic caption at the base of the image. In this scene pandemonium erupts by the appearance of a 'venemous' snake as the family was about to sit down to Christmas lunch.Gill arrived in Australia with his family at the age of twenty-one in 1839 and established a studio in Adelaide in the following year. He joined Horrocks' expedition to the Spencer Gulf and produced a number of drawings which were raffled on his return. During the 1840s Gill produced a great number of drawings and lithographs of urban scenes and prominent members of the South Australian community, and in 1852 travelled to the goldfields, where his most important work was produced.Bowden, Keith Macrae, 'Samuel Thomas Gill Artist', p. 121; Ferguson, 15738b; Wantrup, 255.
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