1. List: William Light - Near the Site for the Proposed Town of Adelaide in South Australia
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    On 9 September 2019 a painting was unveiled that was said to be by Colonel William Light. It is a version of his famous scene from around early 1837 of the temporary dwellings of the colonists at the site for the proposed town of Adelaide in South Australia. The work is in the hands of Elder Fine Art who thought the watercolour earlier than the similar one held by the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA 0.670).

    The scene itself is a very famous one by Light and was engraved and printed in London in 1838. A newspaper also reproduced it in 1890. This opens the possibility that the newly found work may be a copy from after 1890.

    The list contains links to some recent media coverage of the "find", the works held by institutions and old newspaper references. The list order tends to reflect the order of mention in the article.

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  1. Web page: Where are the Kaurna? William Light’s 1837 view near the site for Adelaide
    http://coombe.id.au/research/William_Light_1837_view_near_Adelaide.htm
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    2019-10-14 13:30:52.0

    MY ARTICLE 2019-09-15: In this article I consider the recent find of a picture said to be by William Light. I examine the relationship between various works that represent this famous scene. Light painted a watercolour which was engraved and published in London in 1838 as “A view of the country and of the temporary erections near the site for the proposed town of Adelaide in South Australia”. But the recently found picture leaves out the Kaurna, the Aboriginal people of Adelaide. And there are other questions.

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  2. Web page: City of Adelaide media: Witness History at Adelaide Town Hall today
    https://www.cityofadelaide.com.au/newsroom/witness-history-at-adelaide-town-hall-today/
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    2019-09-16 09:31:32.0

    NEWS 2019-09-09: "A newly-discovered 180-year-old painting by Colonel William Light will be on show today by Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor in Adelaide Town Hall at 10:00am. Created in 1837, in the same year Colonel Light surveyed and laid out Adelaide, Elder Fine Art has described the discovery of The Commencement of Colonisation in South Australia as hugely significant."

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  3. Web page: Tweet by Sandy Verschoor on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/sandyver/status/1170886172828209152?s=11
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    2019-09-16 09:31:49.0

    NEWS 2019-09-09: "This morning I unveiled a recently discovered watercolour by Colonel William Light. This is an incredibly rare piece that pre-dates a work held by Art Gallery of South Australia. Well done to Jim Elder for piecing together the puzzle in identifying this unique piece."

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  4. Web page: Tweet by Matthew Pantelis on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/matthewpantelis/status/1170925464619061249?s=11
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    2019-09-16 09:32:35.0

    NEWS 2019-09-09: A 182yo painting by #Adelaide Surveyor-General Col. William Light, found in a chest in a suburban garage, expected to fetch over $100k, art dealer Jim Elder tells @FIVEaaBreakfast. #FIVEaaNews #AdelaideNews

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  5. Web page: Tweet by Nine News Adelaide on Twitter
    https://twitter.com/9NewsAdel/status/1170961550472933376
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    2019-09-16 08:54:56.0

    2019-09-09 with news video. A rare painting by Adelaide's founder, Colonel William Light, has been uncovered in a Victor Harbor garage. #9News

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  6. Web page: IN Daily News: Light's vision found in Adelaide shed
    https://indaily.com.au/news/local/2019/09/09/lights-vision-found-in-adelaide-shed/
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    2019-09-16 09:58:15.0

    NEWS 2019-09-09: "Described by art dealer Jim Elder as “hugely significant”, the watercolour was created by Colonel Light between January and April 1837, around the time he surveyed and laid out the state’s capital. It has spent the past 40 years stored in a camphor wood chest in a garage before being discovered recently by the owner’s widow."

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  7. Web page: ABC News: Colonel William Light painting of Adelaide plains being cleared for settlement unveiled
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-09/colonel-william-light-painting-of-adelaide-plains-unveiled/11491842
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    2019-09-17 09:01:21.0

    NEWS 2019-09-09 includes good image of the painting:
    "A rare painting by Colonel William Light depicting the idyllic lands of the Kaurna people being colonised has been unveiled in a surprise find after spending 40 years locked away in a chest. Originally thought to have been a work typical of colonial artists like William Tibbits, a little research revealed the water colour was painted by no less than Adelaide's famous founder and surveyor himself... "The condition and the colour is so wonderful ... it hasn't seen daylight." ... Mr Elder said the painting was considered special because most of Colonel Light's surviving works were smaller pieces he completed in a sketchbook."

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  8. Web page: Sydney Morning Herald: Historic painting of Adelaide unearthed in garage
    https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/historic-painting-of-adelaide-unearthed-in-garage-20190909-p52pgu.html
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    2019-09-16 09:59:14.0

    NEWS 2019-09-09: "Described by art dealer Jim Elder as "hugely significant", the watercolour was created by Colonel Light between January and April 1837, around the time he surveyed and laid out the state's capital."

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  9. Web page: 10 (News) Daily: A painting by the founder of Adelaide, Colonel William Light, has been discovered in a suburban garage.
    https://10daily.com.au/news/a190909akwon/coming-to-light-180-year-old-painting-found-in-garage-20190909
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    2019-09-16 09:59:38.0

    NEWS 2019-09-09: "A widow discovered the 182 year old painting after her husband died in February, but she had no idea of its value. Even experts had a hard time confirming the artist behind the masterpiece - until art dealer Jim Elder cracked the case."

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  10. Web page: The commencement of colonization in South Australia
    https://www.agsa.sa.gov.au/collection-publications/collection/works/the-commencement-of-colonization-in-south-australia/24452/
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    2019-09-16 10:01:47.0

    WORK: watercolour in Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA 0.670)
    Light's original watercolour sent to London for engraving and publication. 1837-04c.
    34.2 x 58.9 cm
    Gift of Sir E T Smith 1890

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  11. Hylton, Jane (1950-)
    Artist; Curator
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    2019-09-16 10:02:28.0

    EVENT 1837-05: Light's watercolour sent to London in May 1837 to be engraved at his own expense.
    "This widely disseminated image ..." (p. 44-45, citing source: Alison Carroll, "Graven Images in the Promised Land: a history of Printmaking in South Australia", p.13)

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  12. Advertising
    South Australian Record (SA : 1837 - 1840) Saturday 13 January 1838 p 2 Advertising
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    2019-09-16 10:02:50.0

    NEWSPAPER 1838-01-13 London advertisement.
    "In a few days will be published, price 7s. 6d. A VIEW of the Country, and of the temporary Erections, near the Site for the proposed TOWN of ADELAIDE, in SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Forming the first of a Series of Views of that Colony, to be published in a uniform size of 22 by 15 inches, and engraved in the highest style of the art. From the original Drawings by Colonel WILLIAM LIGHT. Published by Smith, Elder, & Co., 65, Cornhill."
    38.1 x 55.9 cm

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  13. Light, William (1786-1839)
    Soldier; Surveyor; Explorer; Artist; Draughtsman; Painter; First officer; Captain; Lieutenant Colonel; Spanish Constitutional Forces; Aide-de-camp; Midshipman; Sailor; Printmaker
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    2019-09-12 11:49:34.0

    Trove person record

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  14. A view of the country and of the temporary erections near the site for the proposed town of Adelaide
    [ Art work : 1837 ]
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    At State Library S Aust
    A view of the country and of the temporary erections near the site for the proposed town of Adelaide
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    2019-09-16 10:04:19.0

    WORK 1838-01 Print (in SLSA)
    Drawn by William Light and engraved by Robert Havell, of 'A View of the Country and of the Temporary Erections near the Site for the Proposed Town of Adelaide in South Australia. Forming the First of a Series of Views of that Colony now preparing for Publication'.
    36.6 cm x 54.1 cm (image)
    SLSA B 10079

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  15. Web page: The Havell family of Reading, Berkshire, England, included a number of notable engravers, etchers and painters, as well as writers, publishers, educators, and musicians.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Havell_family
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    2019-09-12 09:07:26.0

    Robert Havell Jr. (25 November 1793 – 11 November 1878) was the principal engraver

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  16. A view of the country and of the temporary erections near the site for the proposed town of Adelaide in South Australia / drawn by Col. Wm. Light; engraved by Robt. Havell
    Havell, Robert, -1832
    [ Art work : 1838 ]
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    At National Library
    A view of the country and of the temporary erections near the site for the proposed town of Adelaide in South Australia / drawn by Col. Wm. Light; engraved by Robt. Havell
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    2019-09-16 10:04:50.0

    WORK 1838-01 Print (in NLA)

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  17. A view of the Country and of the Temporary Erections near the site for the proposed town of ADELAIDE in South Australia
    Light, William, 1786-1839
    [ Art work : 1838 ]
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    At State Library VIC
    A view of the Country and of the Temporary Erections near the site for the proposed town of ADELAIDE in South Australia
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    2019-09-16 10:05:17.0

    WORK 1838-01 Print (in SLV)

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  18. View of the country and of the temporary erections near the site for the proposed town of Adelaide, in South Australia / drawn by Col. William Light
    Light, William, 1786-1839
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    At State Library of NSW
    View of the country and of the temporary erections near the site for the proposed town of Adelaide, in South Australia / drawn by Col. William Light
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    2019-09-16 10:05:39.0

    WORK 1838-01 Print (in SLNSW - DL Pf 122)

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  19. View of proposed town of Adelaide, ca. 1836-ca. 1837 / oil painting by William Light
    Light, William, 1786-1839
    [ Art work : 1837 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    View of proposed town of Adelaide, ca. 1836-ca. 1837 / oil painting by William Light
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    2019-09-16 10:06:36.0

    WORK Oil painting (in SLNSW - DG 157)
    58.5 x 72.5 cm.
    Light is better known as a watercolourist.

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  20. Web page: AGSA - William Light
    https://www.agsa.sa.gov.au/collection-publications/collection/creators/william-light/3387/
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    2019-09-16 10:07:10.0

    WORKS of William Light in AGSA
    Click "Works in the Collection" to see AGSA's collection.

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  21. ANGLO-COLONIAL GOSSIP. London. June 14.
    Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Saturday 27 July 1889 p 38 Article
    Abstract: Mr. Simpson Newland is now staying at Brighton. His Quartz-crashing Company is still on the market. The representatives of the colonies are 3924 words
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    2019-09-16 10:09:18.0

    NEWS 1889-07-27: "Sir Arthur Blyth has obtained three pictures from the sale of the late Colonel Light's sister's effects, which ought to be particularly interesting to the colony. One picture represents the temporary erections which in 1836 constituted the future City of Adelaide. Another picture portrays the east end of Rapid Bay, where the settlers first landed, and which was named after the brig Rapid, which brought them thither. The third picture represents Glenelg as it was in 1836. In addition to
    the historical interest attaching to these pictures they are beautiful works of art, in watercolours."

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  22. COLONEL LIGHT'S EARLY ADELAIDE VIEWS.
    Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904) Saturday 28 December 1889 p 41 Article
    Abstract: The three original watercolour South Australian sketches by Colonel Light, the first Surveyor-General, having been purchased in England by Sir Edwin ... 341 words
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    2019-09-16 10:09:51.0

    NEWS 1889-12-28: "The three original watercolour South Australian sketches by Colonel Light, the first Surveyor-General, having been purchased in England by Sir Edwin Smith, are now presented by that gentleman to the Adelaide Art Gallery... One sketch shows the east end of Rapid Bay... A larger picture is a view of Glenelg, taken from the sandhills... the temporary erection near the site of the proposed town of Adelaide, which consists of a few pisé huts in a quaint style of architecture with high gable roofs sloping sharply down to the rear. There were also tents, and a group of the settlers with a few aboriginals, and a carthorse or two give life to the scene."

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    The Pictorial Australian (Adelaide, SA : 1885 - 1895) Wednesday 1 January 1890 p 16 Article Illustrated
    Abstract: THE SITE OF ADELAIDE, FROM THE ORIGINAL SKETCH BY COL. LIGHT, R.N. 25 words
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    2019-09-16 10:12:13.0

    (ILLUSTRATED) NEWS 1890-01: "THE SITE OF ADELAIDE, FROM THE ORIGINAL SKETCH BY COL. LIGHT, R.N. | PRESENTED TO THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN ART GALLERY, BY SIR E. T. SMITH, K.G.M.G."

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  24. Advertising
    Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA : 1869 - 1912) Saturday 22 February 1890 p 4 Advertising
    460 words
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    2019-09-16 10:10:31.0

    NEWS 1890-02-22: "THE Current Issue of the PICTORIAL AUSTRALIAN contains ... a double page facsimile of Col. Light's watercolour sketch of the original SITE OF ADELAIDE, recently presented to the Art Gallery by Sir E. T. Smith."

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  25. The site of Adelaide
    [ Art work : 1890 ]
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    At State Library S Aust
    The site of Adelaide
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    2019-09-16 10:11:15.0

    (ILLUSTRATED) NEWS 1890-01: Supplement to the 'Pictorial Australian', January 1890

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  26. No title
    South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Saturday 27 March 1897 p 5 Article
    Abstract: THE DOMINICAN NUNS.—According to the Roman Catholic paper the Dominican Nuns at Franklin-street intend to erect a new building to provide more accomm ... 1323 words
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    2019-09-16 10:14:55.0

    NEWS 1897-03-27: (reference to Tibbits) "The style and tone of some of the watercolour sketches are reminiscent of our own early colonial artists, Colonel Light and S. T. Gill. Mr. Tibbits is, we understand, doing some pictorial designs for panels in the
    first-class carriages on the South Australian Intercolonial Railway Line to the order of the South Australian Government."

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  27. PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD. New Pictures for Art Gallery.
    The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Saturday 17 July 1926 p 10 Article
    Abstract: The monthly meeting of the Board of Governors of the Public Library, Museum, and Art Gallery was held on Friday afternoon. Pre[?] Talbot Smith). 950 words
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    2019-09-16 10:15:36.0

    NEWS 1926-07-17: Art Gallery ... "accepted with thanks Mrs. Simpson Newland's gift of ... a watercolour sketch of first settlement of Adelaide (after Col. Light)."

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  28. FIRST HORSE IN S.A. Exhibition Revives Question
    Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Thursday 3 September 1936 p 40 Article
    Abstract: Which was the first horse landed is South Australia? This question is likely to be revived by the pictorial exhibition of horses 225 words
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    2019-09-16 10:16:21.0

    NEWS 1936-09-03: (SA's first horse) "However, Mr. John Barton Hack, who landed in South Australia from the Isabella several months after the Buffalo, also has claims to having brought the first horse. Two diaries of that day support the contention. One, kept by Mary Thomas, claims that Mr. Hack's grey horse was the first landed in South Australia. Among other horses, the grey is included in a painting by the late Mr. J. M. Skipper, who painted many horses about that time."

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  29. EARLY SETTLEMENT IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA. EXPERIENCES OF A PIONEER. | No. L
    South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Thursday 3 July 1884 p 6 Article
    Abstract: We published in April last a brief but very interesting autobiography by Mr. J. B. Hack, one of our oldest colonists. His account of some of the now ... 2500 words
    • Text last corrected on 13 September 2019 by coombe.id.au
    • 1 comment on 9 February 2013
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    NEWS 1884-07-03: (SA's first horse) J.B. Hack's diary: "We could realize on our stock a very handsome advance on cost, as there is yet no stock here— only a few wethers, a pair of bullocks drawing a sled, two horses, and a mule, the property of the Governor."

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  30. The diary and letters of Mary Thomas (1836-1866) : being a record of the early days of South Australia. (3rd ed.) / edited by Evan Kyffin Thomas ; Maisie : her life in her letters from 1898 to 1902 / edited by Joan Kyffin Willington
    Thomas, Mary, 1787-1875
    [ Book : 1995 ]
    At 4 libraries
    The diary and letters of Mary Thomas (1836-1866) : being a record of the early days of South Australia. (3rd ed.) / edited by Evan Kyffin Thomas ; Maisie : her life in her letters from 1898 to 1902 / edited by Joan Kyffin Willington
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    2019-09-16 10:18:45.0

    PUBLISHED DIARY. N.B. Early references are reminiscences, not a diary.
    "For so long had we been unaccustomed to the sight of the animals of our own country, except that a few of the settlers had dogs which they brought with them from England, that when Mr Hack, an early colonist, rode up to our tent on a fine grey, which I believe had been imported from Sydney and was the first horse brought into the colony, we all ran out to look at it, as if we had never seen a horse before.
    Some of the natives with whom we had become familiar at Glenelg seemed to follow us to Adelaide, for we often saw the same faces of both men and women, and occasionally availed ourselves of the services of the former to fetch water from the river and suchlike. For this service a biscuit was always an ample recompense." p. 71

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  31. Web page: Depictions of Aboriginal People in Colonial Australian Art: Settler and unsettling narratives in the works of Robert Dowling
    https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/essay/depictions-of-aboriginal-people-in-colonial-australian-art-settler-and-unsettling-narratives-in-the-works-of-robert-dowling/
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    2019-09-16 10:19:26.0

    ART HISTORY COMMENTARY: "The near absence of Indigenous people in mid-nineteenth-century colonial painting has been one of the most potent assertions of continued settler presence in Australia. This invisibility reinforced the myth of terra nullius and rendered further colonial expansionism picturesque. Many colonial artists were reluctant to insinuate the original owners into the landscape, thereby avoiding complicated issues of dispossession, resistance and guilt..."

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  32. Blackedout : the representation of Aboriginal people in Australian painting 1850-1900 / Roderick Peter Macneil
    Macneil, Roderick Peter
    [ Thesis : 1999 ]
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    At 3 libraries
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    2019-09-16 10:19:57.0

    ART HISTORY THESIS: I have not read this thesis but include it in this list for further reading.

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  33. Web page: Watercolour World
    https://www.watercolourworld.org/search?collection=City+of+Adelaide+Civic+Collection&displayCount=74&paintingIndex=13
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    2019-09-17 08:56:38.0

    WORKS: City of Adelaide Civic Collection showing 14 works by William Light. Compare the style with the 2019 picture.

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  34. SOCIETY OF ARTS' EXHIBITION.
    South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900) Monday 27 December 1869 p 3 Article
    Abstract: The thirteen annuael Exhibition of the South Australian Society of Arts was opened on Thursday, December 23, by His Excellency the 3176 words
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    2019-09-27 10:00:51.0

    Could the 2019 picture be a copy of the print? Competition prizes were awarded for best and runner-up "copy of a water-colour drawing or chromolithotint".

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