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An introduction to John William Lewin painter & naturalist John William Lewin The Night Hawk, 1807.

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1 An introduction to John William Lewin painter & naturalist John William Lewin The Night Hawk, 1807

2 Lewin ( ) 1 st free professional artist in the colony Arrived in Sydney in 1800 (from England) 1 st to print an illustrated book in Australia (Birds of New South Wales 1813) Detail of A view of part of Port Jackson from Dawes's Point Sydney Cove c.1809 George William Evans

3 Banksia beauty - Bombyx banksiae, 1803 [Common name: banksia moth]

4 Echidna, 1807

5 Blue Face Honeysucker 1813 [Common name: blue face honeyeater] Brush turkey, 1809

6 Hibiscus, 1802Crinum peduculatum, 1808 [Swamp Lily]

7 A view of the River Hawkesbury, N.S.Wales, c.1810

8 Yango Mungo Yeyango, 1815

9 Mr Lewin goes into the woods here, he collects Birds & Insects, he breeds them to come at their real History, he paints them, Engraves them, Prints them, Colours the prints w th Mrs Lewin, and [gives] their history… (Lewins friend, John Grant 1815)

10 Over the mountains Lewin went on various expeditions to make art including the Hunter region (1801) and Tahiti (1801-2). He also travelled over the Blue Mountains with Governor Macquarie in 1815, to document new land for farming. I.deah, 1802 On reverse `Mother of the present wife of the late King of Otaheite' Emu Ford, 1815

11 Lewins significance Recorded what he saw in accurate detail Included environmental context Used strong diagonals and more artistic compositions compared to other traditional naturalist work. The ground parrot of New South Wales, c.1809

12 A Comparison Platypus Anatinus, 1799 George Shaw Platypus, 1810 JW Lewin

13 Lewins powerful formula of careful observation and dynamic composition – which evolved during his life in New South Wales – was his singular achievement. (Colonial Art Historian Richard Neville, 2012)


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