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  • Title
    [The Plains, Bathurst, ca. 1815-1816 / attributed to J.W. Lewin]
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  • Date

    ca. 1815-1816
  • Type of material
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  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Drawings - 1 watercolour drawing - 46.2 x 66.4 (inside frame lines); 46.7 x 66.7 (sheet)
  • Access Conditions

    Access via appointment
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Variant title

    The Founding of Bathurst
  • General note

    View 19 The Plains, drawn by John Lewin, and described in Henry Colden Antill's, "Journal of an excursion over the Blue or Western Mountains of New South Wales to visit a tract of new discovered Country, 1815". The entry for May 5th, pp.36-37, describes the scene: "The spot which was chosen for the Governor's large tent was upon a little rising ground about three hundred yards from the men's huts; a small tent was placed on each side with a clear space in front upon which a small flag staff was erected. This was a delightful spot for a town, commanding a view of the surrounding country to a considerable extent...."

    Major Antill's Journal is available at ML Safe 1/20a (microfilm CY265) Mitchell Library
    In 1965, this watercolour and V*/Expl/1 were removed from a volume containing Absalom West's "Views 1813-1814" and James Wallis' "An Historical Account of the Colony of New South Wales and its Dependent Settlements, 1821". This volume is available at PX*D 65 (microfilm CY2100) Mitchell Library

    Previously titled, "An encampment, possibly of an exploring expedition, partly cleared country, officers and men, ca. 1812-1817"
    "J. Whatman" watermark is visible on paper.
    Digital order no:a128133
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  • Exhibited in

    Age of Macquarie - Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales
    Rare road maps of New South Wales - State Library of New South Wales (March, 2000 - July, 2000)
    More easily imagined: crossings of the Blue Mountains - Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
    The Governor: Lachlan Macquarie, 1810 to 1821 - State Library of New South Wales (July, 2010 - October, 2010)
    Lewin: Wild Art - State Library of New South Wales (March, 2012 - October, 2012)
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