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“View taken from the spot – Bateman’s Hill” by George Alexander Gilbert

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“View taken from the spot – Bateman’s Hill” by George Alexander Gilbert is a painting in watercolour depicting the view from called Bateman’s Hill, looking towards Mount Macedon in 1847.

“The spot, refers to where the agreement was made with the native-peoples by John Batman. Bateman’s Hill was named after Batman, who in 1835, explored the area and then claimed to have negotiated a purchase of 600,000 acres (2,400 km2) with eight Wurundjeri elders.

George Gilbert produced a series of crayon drawings and watercolours mainly of scenes depicting Aboriginal people. Gilbert saw a commercial opportunity in the public fascination with images of Aboriginal life. This painting depicts aboriginal life by an early settler and artist that has been described as a “cultural colonist”.

Gilbert was also involved in a number of ventures to make daguerreotype images to sell back to England. The daguerreotype was an early photographic process of photography.

Among the many historical objects in the State Library of Victoria the following are some of the highlights:

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Essential Facts:

  • Title:               View taken from the spot – Bateman’s Hill
  • Year:               1847
  • Artist:             George Alexander Gilbert (1815-1877)
  • Medium:       Watercolors on paper
  • Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.6 cm.
  • Museum:        State Library of Victoria

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Photo Credits: 1) By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons