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Rivoli Bay, and Penguin Island
Title : Rivoli Bay, and Penguin Island Rivoli Bay, and Penguin Island
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Creator : Angas, George French, 1822-1886, artist
Source : B15276/38
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : Thomas McLean
Date of creation : ca. 1846
Additional Creator : Giles, J.W.
Format : Book
Dimensions : 179 x 254 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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George French Angas' artisitc interpretation of Rivoli Bay before sunrise (top) and Penguin Island off Rivoli Bay (bottom). Part of the text accompanying the top illustration reads

'Rivoli Bay is situated in S. latitude 37 degrees 30'; although open to the S.W., a natural breakwater is formed by reefs that stretch across the entrance to the bay ... The accompanying sketch represents the moon setting in the rose-coloured reflection thrown by the rising sun upon the western sky'.

For Penguin Island (bottom) Angas noted

'... Penguin Island, so named for those birds which inhabit it, and breed amongst its rugged and sea-worn shore. The entire island is perforated with thin burrows ... The seaward extremity of this rocky island is so perforated and fretted away by the action of the elements, as to present a very curious appearance. The circumference of Penguin Island does not exceed three quarters of a mile'.

Both these sketches were completed during April/May 1844.

George French Angas (1822-1886), naturalist and painter, was born at Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He was the eldest son of George Fife Angas, one of the men behind the establishment of the new colony of South Australia. The young Angas repudiated his father's world of commerce and determined upon a life involving art and nature, studying natural history art and lithography before embarking on his travels. He sailed for Australia in 1843 in the Augustus, reached Adelaide in January 1844.

In July 1844 Angas left the colony for New Zealand. He returned to South Australia in January 1845 and remained for six months. During the visits to South Australia, Angas travelled with William Giles to the area in the vicinity of the mouth of the River Murray, and accompanied Governor (Sir) George Grey to the south-east of the province, Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln. Angas recorded these journeys in water-colour drawings which were shown in the Legislative Council Chamber in Adelaide in June 1845.

Related names :

Angas, George French, 1822-1886

Giles, J.W.

Coverage year : 1846
Period : 1836-1851
Place : Rivoli bay, Penguin Island
Region : South East
Further reading :

Angas, GF, South Australia illustrated London : Thomas M'Lean, 1847

Robinson, Tony... [et al] South Australia's offshore islands, Canberra: Australian Heritage Commission, 1996

The state of our seas and coasts: description, uses and impacts on South Australia's marine and estuarine environment : prepared by the Marine and Estuarine Strategy Technical Reference Group for the Government of South Australia Adelaide: Marine and Estuarine Steering Committee, 1998

Colwell, M and Alan Naylor. Adelaide: an illustrated history [Joslin, S. Aust.]: McP, 1981

Insights into South Australian history vol. 2: 'South Australia's German history and heritage', Harmstorf, Ian A. ed. Adelaide: Historical Society of South Australia, 1992-

Kwan, Elizabeth Living in South Australia: a social history Netley, S. Aust.: South Australian Government Printer, 1987

Tregenza, John George French Angas, artist, traveller and naturalist, 1822-1886 Adelaide: Art Gallery Board of South Australia, 1982

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