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The Beehive, corner King Willliam and Rundle Streets, Adelaide
Title : The Beehive, corner King Willliam and Rundle Streets, Adelaide The Beehive, corner King Willliam and Rundle Streets, Adelaide
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Creator : Gill, S.T. (Samuel Thomas), 1818-1880, artist
Date of creation : 1849
Format : Artwork
Dimensions : Artwork 344 x 498 mm; frame 520 x 673 mm
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Description :

Watercolour on paper illustration of a city scape featuring the Beehive Corner and surrounding buildings.

Samuel Thomas Gill's watercolour The Beehive, Corner of King William and Rundle Streets, Adelaide depicts a landmark Adelaide site, providing a unique view from a period before surroundings were recorded by photography.

In 1840, Gill established a studio in Adelaide and advertised for those 'desirous of obtaining correct likenesses of themselves, families or friends', animals, local scenery and residences, to contact him. He captured detailed scenes of colonial life in the streets of Adelaide and Melbourne, in the South Australian countryside and on the Victorian gold fields.

The artwork is signed in the bottom left corner 'S.T.G. 1849'-at that time, the 'Beehive Corner' was owned by John Rundle. The Gothic Revival style building with gold bee adornment that stands at this intersection today was built in 1895.
Period : 1836-1851
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Appleyard, Ron S.T. Gill, the South Australian years 1839-1852. Adelaide: Art Gallery of South Australia, 1986

Bowden, Keith Macrae Samuel Thomas Gill: artist. [Collaroy, N.S.W.] : K.M. Bowden, [1971]

Dutton, Geoffrey S.T. Gill's Australia. South Melbourne: Macmillan, 1981

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