J.W. Lewin: Australia’s first free professional artist

State Library of New South Wales:  Scholar Talk

John William Lewin (1770-1819), Australia’s first free professional artist, arrived in Sydney in 1800. His career trajectory, from working-class natural history illustrator to (at least in his own eyes) Australia’s first gentleman artist, provides a fascinating reflection on the motivations of the making of colonial art.

About the speaker: Richard Neville is the Mitchell Librarian and Director of Education & Scholarship at the State Library of NSW. With a research background in nineteenth Australian art and culture, he has published and curated widely on colonial art and society. He has also been extensively involved in the acquisition, arrangement, description and promotion of the Library’s renowned Australian research collections.

Platypus, 1810 by J.W. Lewin

When: Tuesday 5 May 2020, 11am – 12pm
Where: This is an online event that will be live streamed. Please make sure you register, and once you have done so you will receive confirmation and further instructions on how to join in through Zoom.
Cost: Free

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