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Colonial Artist S.T. Gill

A Window Into Nineteenth-Century Australia Through Colonial Art

Doug Limbrick

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Shawline Publishing Group
20 September 2023
"A COMMENTARY OF THE LIFE OF SAMUEL THOMAS GILL, RENOWNED FOR HIS VIBRANT WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS OF COLONIAL AUSTRALIA... The creator of thousands of watercolours, S.T. Gill was one of the most prolific of all Australian artists. Through Gill's images we can trace the social history of ordinary Australians living out their lives in the nineteenth century.

Art historian and critic, Robert Hughes, felt that Gill was exactly the right type of artist to record the activities of the gold rush:

""Everything on the goldfields was grist to his mill; in landscape, the scrubby gums, dark shafts and sunlit bullock-heaps, red clay banks, streams and sluices; the washing-troughs and racks of shovels, the furnaces and weighing-stations where miners brought their dust and watched out for rigged scales; the fights over claims, the diggers swinging picks or sleeping at the bottom of a shaft; the honky-tonk pubs...""

In this book, talented historical writer, Doug Limbrick traces Gill's life through his years in Australia, from his arrival in 1838 until his tragic death in Melbourne in 1880. With many of Gill's images included, readers will now have a window into the activities, events, people and places of nineteenth-century Australian life. The history of the Australian colonies as told by the author, come alive through Gill's beautiful images."
Imprint:   Shawline Publishing Group
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781922993878
ISBN 10:   1922993875
Pages:   348
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Doug Limbrick is a graduate of the Australian National University, Canberra (geography, political history, economic history, economics). He worked for many years in the broad area of social policy (developing options, providing advice, monitoring and evaluation) and authored many papers and reports on social policy issues in areas such as poverty, disadvantage, housing and homelessness including developing international comparisons. Over the last twenty years he has focussed particularly on nineteenth-century emigration to the Australian colonies, including exploring the reasons people emigrated with a focus on disadvantaged groups that emigrated. A special research interest has been the changes in Britain (especially social and economic changes) that prompted so many people to emigrate to the colonies and in looking at the impact of the emigration process, the passage and the arrival on those who emigrated.

Reviews for Colonial Artist S.T. Gill: A Window Into Nineteenth-Century Australia Through Colonial Art

"""Inspired and culturally relevant to the past and present of this country. Brilliant..."" Dianna, Readalot Magazine reviewer"

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