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Nathaniel Hailes
Title : Nathaniel Hailes Nathaniel Hailes
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Creator : Gill, S.T. (Samuel Thomas), 1818-1880
Source : B 332
Date of creation : ca. 1850
Format : Artwork
Dimensions : 125 x 97 mm
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Nathaniel Hailes. A drawing from S.T.Gill's "Heads of the People". Artist's caption reads "Without reserve".

Gill was one of the most prolific water-colour painters working in Australia in the nineteenth century. He was an artist who was often out in the field in the Adelaide Hills or the Flinders Ranges, and on the spot at mine sites, in city streets, at Port Adelaide, the races or at the Agricultural and Horticultural Society's annual show. He was part of Horrocks' expedition of 1846 to central Australia, where he offered a free service as official illustrator.

In 1840, Gill established a studio in Adelaide and advertised for those desirous of obtaining correct likenesses of themselves, familiesor 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. Gill created a charicature folio of captioned portraits of well known Adelaideans named 'Heads of the people' which was later published (1850).

Gill used techniques he acquired in England in his youth and developed during his years in Australia. The immediacy and freshness of the water-colour painting technique was ideally suited to the lively style of the artist. Although Gill mostly restricted himself to the water-colour sketch, perhaps due to its portable and convenient nature (apart from his 'Heads of the people' lithographic series), his work faithfully describes the vastness of the land and the energy of its people. Gill displayed qualities of imagination, delicacy, and poetic feeling but is often only known as the artist of the gold fields.

Related names :

Gill, S.T. (Samuel Thomas), 1818-1880

Horrocks, John Ainsworth, 1818-1846

Hailes, Nathaniel, 1802-1879

Coverage year : 1850
Period : 1836-1851
Place : Adelaide
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

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

Bernard, S Place, taste and tradition : a study of Australian art since 1788 Melbourne : Oxford University Press, 1979

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

Gill, S. T. Paintings of S.T. Gill Adelaide: Rigby, 1962

John Tregenza. 'S.T. Gill's Heads of the People', Bulletin of the Art Gallery of South Australia , vol. 35, 1977

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