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430518
  • Title
    Item 03: Coal River N.S. Wales, 1807 / watercolour by I.W. Lewin
  • Call number
    SAFE/PXD 942/3
  • Level of description
    series
  • Date

    1807
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    430518
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    1 drawing - watercolour - 33.5 x 44.1 cm
  • Access Conditions
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  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    From Curator's acquisition notes, June 2003:
    This drawing shows the entrance to the Hunter River, most probably the southern end of the Stockton (or Burrabihngarn) Spit looking across from the infant Newcastle settlement. Significantly it shows the original landscape of the Hunter River, now completely unrecognisable.

    The drawing was completed in December 1807, probably a studio drawing of an earlier sketch and was part of a large Bligh commission apparently placed in late 1807. Lewin was commissioned by Bligh to make at least two drawings of the Newcastle district: Newcastle Region Library also owns a drawing by Lewin "Entrance to Coal River", which is dated 11 December 1807.

    Lewin had visited Newcastle in 1801, with Lieut. James Grant and William Paterson on the Lady Nelson. He is not, however, recorded as having visited Newcastle in 1807, and while the date on this drawing implies he was there on 3rd December 1807, other watercolours also commissioned by Bligh are also dated 3 December 1807 and 11 December 1807 (see "Variegated Lizard of New South Wales", Art Gallery of NSW and "Entrance to Coal River", Newcastle Region Library) . This would imply that Lewin completed a series of watercolours in his studio for Bligh in December 1807, and that he most likely visited Newcastle at an earlier date.
    Digital order no:Album ID : 879113
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    In pencil on reverse "Coal River N.S.Wales - upper part of the Hunter WB"
    Also titled in a recent hand on reverse
    Inscribed at lower right "IWLewin / Dec.r 3rd / 1807"
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