Harold White Fellow Presentation
George French Angas (1822–1886)
Encounter Bay Women, Lubras, Roasting Trochus,
Yankalilla 1844 (detail)
Pictures Collection, nla.pic-an2856782
George French Angas:
Epitome of a Colonial Artist
Dr Philip Jones
Wednesday 25 November 2009
Conference Room, free
Between 1844 and 1847, colonial artist and naturalist George French Angas made hundreds of watercolour drawings of the colonial frontiers in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The son of one of South Australia’s colonial founders, Angas became known for his lithographs, in which he transformed the rich detail of his original drawings.
This illustrated lecture by biographer Philip Jones will show how close scrutiny of the original Angas sketches and watercolours in the Library’s collection throws new light on the life and times of this intriguing artist.
Dr Philip Jones is an historian, anthropologist and Senior Researcher at the South Australian Museum. His publication, Ochre and Rust: Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers, was the winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-fiction in 2008.