South Australia illustrated

Author: Angas, George French, 1822-1886.
Responsibility: by George French Angas
Place: London
Publisher: Thomas M'Lean
Date Published: 1847
Description: [60] leaves, 60 leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 55 cm.
Provenance: York Gate Library
Call Number: Rare Book Room (RGS) 919.42302 A581 d
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Subject: Angas, George French, 1822-1886
Gill, Samuel Thomas, 1818-1880
Aboriginal Australians--South Australia--Social life and customs--19th century--Pictorial works
South Australia--Pictorial works
South Australia--Description and travel
Lithography, British--19th century
Australiana: Australiana
Biography: Colonial artist, writer and naturalist. George French Angas's portrayals of early colonial Australia and New Zealand and their peoples, largely watercolours and lithographs, are some of the most detailed and interesting in existence, valued today for their anthropological and sociological significance as well as for their artistic merit. He also wrote many books, which include accounts of his travels and Australian and New Zealand history. Angas came out to Australia when he was still only a young man. He lived in South Australia for some time but did not stay. The RGSSA's collection includes some unique works by him, including some watercolours he sold to S.W. Silver in 1876 for thirty pounds when he was short of money, back in England. Further details of his life are available from the ADB & SA Museum (see the links)
Notes: Lithographed half title dated 1846. Provenance (RGS copy): York Gate Library.
Summary: "In 1847 three of ... [Angas's] most important works were published in London: 'South Australia Illustrated' and 'The New Zealanders Illustrated', both large folios which appeared in parts; and 'Savage Life and Scenes in Australia and New Zealand', in two volumes. 'South Australia Illustrated' contains 60 lithographed plates, hand-coloured, all after water-colour drawings by Angas except two or perhaps three which are after Samuel Thomas Gill. In this book, as in the other two large folios after his drawings, some of the lithography was done by Angas himself. The subjects depicted are scenery, Aboriginals, insects, butterflies, flowers and native weapons and dwellings; the text is by Angas." --ADB
Cited: York Gate Library ; no. 5191 Ferguson, no. 4458