Victoria Illustrated. Samuel Thomas GILL.
Victoria Illustrated.
Victoria Illustrated.

Victoria Illustrated.

Melbourne & Sydney: Sands & Kenny, 1857.

Oblong quarto, with illustrated title and 45 full-page steel engravings; later half red morocco binding.

Original printing of Gill's Victoria views

The original printing of Gill's famous views of Victoria, including many scenes of the prosperous and energetic city of Melbourne, Geelong and the Victorian goldfields, with four goldfields scenes and numerous vistas of gold townships such as Ballarat, Bendigo and Sandhurst: Gill's charming collection of views 'has a place in any collection' (Wantrup).

The original printing of Gill's famous views of Victoria, including many scenes of the prosperous and energetic city of Melbourne, Geelong and the Victorian goldfields, with four goldfields scenes and numerous vistas of gold townships such as Ballarat, Bendigo and Sandhurst: Gill's charming collection of views 'has a place in any collection' (Wantrup).

The publisher John Sands commissioned Gill to prepare this series of views, which were then sent to England to be engraved on steel, and the work was so successful that a number of pirated versions appeared in England and Germany. The suite of 45 plates, with scenes of stylish Melbourne alongside bush scenes and the goldfields, forms a detailed and accurate record of Victoria during an important era of unprecedented growth and prosperity. Gill travelled frequently to the goldfields at Ballarat, Bendigo and Castlemaine on horseback, becoming known as "the artist of the goldfields" for his evocative sketches and watercolours which captured the rapid changes and the bustle and excitement of the times. In this respect the numerous vistas of the large gold towns are of special significance as a historical record of settlements in the midst of very rapid expansion.

Gill played an important role in the development of a uniquely Australian artistic style during the mid-nineteenth century. Wantrup notes "Gill was the first - and for a long time the only - significant artist whose works embody a distinctively Australian approach to his subject. In his work we see for the first time the characteristic egalitarianism, ironic humour coupled with sombre realism, irreverent disregard for authority and mockery of pretension that are so often identified in later Australian art."

Ferguson, 9924; Wantrup, 260a.

Condition Report: Light foxing to first few pages, otherwise clean; binding a little rubbed.

Price (AUD): $4,250.00

US$3,081.09   Other currencies

Ref: #4504433

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