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Watercolour drawings by John William Lewin

Watercolour drawings by John William Lewin from his trip with Governor Macquarie over the Blue Mountains in 1814. In 1814, Lewin accompanied Governor Macquarie on his first trip over the Blue Mountains. Lewin painting the grand, sweeping views, the treacherous new road, the camps in the bush and the extensive, fertile grassy plains they reached on the other side. Lewin's watercolours of this expedition are now held by the State Library of New South Wales, most are in this eMag.

Watercolour drawings by John William Lewin from his trip with Governor Macquarie over the Blue Mountains in 1814.

In 1814, Lewin accompanied Governor Macquarie on his first trip over the Blue Mountains. Lewin painting the grand, sweeping views, the treacherous new road, the camps in the bush and the extensive, fertile grassy plains they reached on the other side. Lewin's watercolours of this expedition are now held by the State Library of New South Wales, most are in this eMag.

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Blue Mountains

Watercolour drawings by John William Lewin

from his trip with Governor Macquarie over the

Blue Mountains in 1814.

This eMag is © Ask Roz Blue Mountains


John William Lewin

Born 1770 Also known as J. W. Lewin, I. W. Lewin

Colonial Sydney painter, art teacher and naturalist, was the first free artist to settle in New South Wales and

attempted to make a living as a professional painter.

Lewin was the son of a professional scientific artist, William Lewin, who was the author of an eight-volume work

The Birds of Great Britain (1789–94). William Lewin's two sons, John William and Thomas, worked with him

preparing work. William acknowledges their work in the preface to his book. Around 1797, John Lewin was keen

to visit New South Wales.

In 1814, Lewin accompanied Governor Macquarie on his first trip over the Blue Mountains. Lewin painting the

grand, sweeping views, the treacherous new road, the camps in the bush and the extensive, fertile grassy plains

they reached on the other side. Lewin's watercolours of this expedition are now held by the State Library of New

South Wales, most are in this eMag.

Lewin died in Sydney on 27 August 1819 leaving a widow and a son. His tombstone can be found at Botany Bay

Cemetery.

The photos are in no particular order John William Lewin didn't identify all his paintings.


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