Lewin, J. W. (John William) (1770-1819)

Also known as
Lewin, I. W. (1770-1819)
Lewin, J. W. (1770-1819)
Lewin, John William (1770-1819)
Field of activity
Artist; Draughtsman; Painter; Naturalist; Art teacher; Engraver
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John William Lewin (1770-1819), naturalist and artist, was a son of William Lewin, a fellow of the Linnean Society and author of The Birds of Great Britain (London, 1789-94, second edition, 1795-1801)....

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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.

painter, art teacher and naturalist, was the first free artist to settle in New South Wales and attempt to make a living as a professional painter. Son of William Lewin, an ornithologist and fellow of the Linnaean Society, Lewin received his early training as a natural history draughtsman from his father. He helped extensively with the drawing and engraving of plates for Lewin senior’s The Birds of Great Britain (London 1789-94). Early in 1798 John decided to migrate to New South Wales to see the country and collect and paint natural history specimens. He was encouraged by his English patrons, who included Lady Arden, a natural history collector, Dru Drury, a London merchant with an interest in entomology, and the Duke of Portland who sent a letter of recommendation to Governor Hunter which stated: 'Mr. Lewin is a painter and drawer in natural history…being desirous of pursuing his studies in a country which cannot help to improve that branch of knowledge’. He reached Sydney on board the Minerva in January 1800, his wife Anna Maria having preceded him in the Buffalo . In 1801 Lewin accompanied two expeditions as unofficial natural history artist. The first, led by James Grant, was to the Hunter River in June and July. Colonel William Paterson and surgeon John Harris were other members of the company. Lewin later drew a koala for Paterson (w/c, ML), the first known depiction of this animal. His earliest known landscape painting, taken on the same expedition, shows a night ...

  • 1800 aboard the Minerva

Flourished

  • fl. c.1789 - c.1819

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John Lewin came to Sydney in 1800 and produced two books in the colony, "Prodromus entomology ..." (1805) and "Birds of New South Wales" (1808, 1813, 1822, 1838) which are among the rarest early publications relating to Australia.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Lewin, John William
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. John William Lewin, 1770-1819
    Foote, Yolanda
    Published: Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004
    Series: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  3. John William Lewin: a memoir
    Mander-Jones, P.
    Published: 1956
    Series: Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 42, 153-73
  4. Lewin, John William (1770-1819), naturalist and artist
    Mander-Jones, Phyllis
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1967
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 2, 111-112
  5. John William Lewin. A Memoir
    Jones, Phyllis Mander
    Published: 1956
    Series: Royal Australian Historical Society, 42, 4, 153-186
  6. Some Early Naturalists and Collectors in Australia
    Whitley, Gilbert P.
    Published: 1933
    Series: Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, xix, 291-304
  7. Records of Australian Botanists - (a) General, (b) New South Wales
    Maiden, J.H.
    Published: 1908
    Series: Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales, xlii, 60-132
  8. Records of Australian Botanists
    Maiden, J.H.
    Published: 1921
    Series: Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales, lv, 60-132; 150-169
  9. Mr J W Lewin, Painter and Naturalist
    Neville, Richard
    Published: UNSW Press, Sydney, 2012
  10. John William Lewin's watercolour and line drawings in the Linnean Society of London archives: their relationship to his career in New South Wales and Tahiti
    Wheeler, Alwynne and Thompson, Aileen
    Published: 1996
    Series: Archives of Natural History, 23, 3, 369-84
  11. John William Lewin's Birds of New South Wales: notes on the later editions
    Piggott, Louis J.
    Published: 2002
    Series: Archives of Natural History, 29, 3, 371-81
  12. Curious Minds: the Discoveries of Australian Naturalists
    MacInnis, Peter
    Published: National Library of Australia, Canberra, 2012

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  1. Lists of goods sent John William Lewin and four letters to D. Drury concerning engravings of insects and birds of New South Wales, 1798-1803 / John William Lewin
    Lewin, J. W. (John William), 1770-1819
    [ Book : 1980 ]
    At Nat Gall Aus Res
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  2. John and William Lewin
    Lewin, J. W. (John William), 1770-1819
    [ Book : 1989 ]
    At State Library of QLD
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  3. Lewin Wild Art : 28 July - 28 October 2012 / National Library of Australia
    Lewin, J. W. (John William), 1770-1819
    [ Government publication, Poster, chart, other : 2012 ]
    At National Library
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  4. A natural history of the lepidopterous insects of New South Wales / collected, engraved, and faithfully painted after nature by John William Lewin
    Lewin, J. W. (John William), 1770-1819
    [ Book : 1822-1882 ]
    At 10 libraries
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  5. John and William Lewin : 18 February-18 March 1989
    Lewin, J. W. (John William), 1770-1819
    [ Book : 1989 ]
    At 3 libraries
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  6. Lewin: wild art : [exhibition catalogue] / [State Library of New South Wales]
    Lewin, J. W. (John William), 1770-1819
    [ Book, Government publication : 2012 ]
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    Lewin: wild art : [exhibition catalogue] / [State Library of New South Wales]
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  7. J.W. Lewin pictorial material / J.W.Lewin
    Lewin, J. W. (John William), 1770-1819
    [ Art work : 1803-1829 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  8. Sydney Cove, 1808 / J.W. Lewin
    Lewin, J. W. (John William), 1770-1819
    [ Art work : 1808 ]
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    Sydney Cove, 1808 / J.W. Lewin
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  9. Yango Mungo Y'eyango, ca. 1817-1819 / John William Lewin
    Lewin, J. W. (John William), 1770-1819
    [ Art work : 1824 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Yango Mungo Y'eyango, ca. 1817-1819 / John William Lewin
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  10. Kangaroos, before 1807 / John William Lewin
    Lewin, J. W. (John William), 1770-1819
    [ Art work : 1988 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  1. Lists of goods sent John William Lewin and four letters to D. Drury concerning engravings of insects and birds of New South Wales, 1798-1803 / John William Lewin
    Lewin, J. W. (John William), 1770-1819
    [ Book : 1980 ]
    At Nat Gall Aus Res
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  2. Collection of watercolours by John William Lewin : from the collection of William Bligh
    Bligh, William, 1754-1817
    [ Art work : 1807 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  3. John Lewin : colonial Australia's first free professional artist / Eleanor Adams
    Adams, Eleanor
    [ Thesis : 2009 ]
    At Barr Smith Library
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  4. [Biographical cuttings on John Lewin, artist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  5. [John William Lewin : Australian Art and Artists file]
    [ Published : 1983 ]
    At Art Gallery NSW Lib
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  6. Supplementary notes to an article on John William Lewis published in the journal and proceedings of the Royal Australian Historical Society, vol. 42, 1956, part 4
    Mander-Jones, Phyllis, 1896-1984
    [ Book : 1962 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  7. John and William Lewin
    Lewin, J. W. (John William), 1770-1819
    [ Book : 1989 ]
    At State Library of QLD
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  8. Lewin Wild Art : 28 July - 28 October 2012 / National Library of Australia
    Lewin, J. W. (John William), 1770-1819
    [ Government publication, Poster, chart, other : 2012 ]
    At National Library
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  9. [Copy of]: Brush turkey / [painting by] John Lewin
    [ Photograph : 1963 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    [Copy of]: Brush turkey / [painting by] John Lewin
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  10. Collection 02: Four watercolour drawings by J.W. Lewin, 1808-1810 ; Two sketches of sharks attributed to the Port Jackson Painter, ca. 1788-1797
    [ Art work : 1810 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  1. Oxley, John (1785-1828)
    surveyor-general; Explorer; Surveyor; Artist; ; Printmaker; Draughtsman; 6910; Council member; 7530; Surveyor-general; 6922; Midshipman; 7600
    ... Lewin, John William ... Oxley, John (1785-1828) ... John Joseph William Molesworth Oxley (1784?-1828), surveyor-general and explorer, was born at ... John... ...
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    ... Lewin, John William ... Doody, John ... William Paterson (1755-1810), soldier, explorer and lieutenant-governor, was born on 17 August 1755 ... William Paterson was a sketcher, natural historian, collector, soldier and lieutenant-governor. He ...
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  3. Hunter, John (1737-1821)
    Governor of New South Wales 1795-1800; Admiral; Governor; Artist; ; Painter; 7714; Naval officer; 7600; Naturalist
    ... Lewin, John William ... Lancashire, John William ... John Hunter (1737-1821), admiral and governor, was born on 29 August 1737 at Leith, the port of ... Edinburgh, one of at least nine children of William Hunter, a shipmaster, and Helen, née Drummond, whose... ...
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  1. View of the town of Sydney taken fr ...
    Lewin, J. W. (J ...
    [ Art work : 1811 ]
    View of the town of Sydney taken from Chiarabilly north side of Sydney Cove ..., 1811 / John William Lewin
  2. Item 27: Gigantia Lily / [watercolo ...
    Lewin, J. W. (J ...
    [ Art work : 1806 ]
    Item 27: Gigantia Lily / [watercolour drawing attributed to John William Lewin]
  3. [The Plains, Bathurst, ca. 1815-181 ...
    Lewin, J. W. (J ...
    [ Art work : 1816 ]
    [The Plains, Bathurst, ca. 1815-1816 / attributed to J.W. Lewin]
  4. Gymea, or Giant Lily, 1806 / painte ...
    Lewin, J. W. (J ...
    [ Art work : 1806 ]
    Gymea, or Giant Lily, 1806 / painted by J.W. Lewin
  5. Sub-series 06: Sketches of caterpil ...
    Lewin, J. W. (J ...
    [ Art work : 1803-1829 ]
    Sub-series 06: Sketches of caterpillars and moths, 1803-1829 / by John William Lewin
  6. [Male and female red kangaroo in a ...
    Lewin, J. W. (J ...
    [ Art work : 1819 ]
    [Male and female red kangaroo in a Liverpool Plains landscape, ca. 1819 / attributed to J.W. Lewin]
  1. APPOINTMENTS AND RETIREMENTS.
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Monday 24 December 1928 [Issue No.143] p 3550

    Government Gazette Appointments And Employment

    ... Hilliar. Edward William Newing, William Grose, Joseph Lewin Newman, Alexander George Bates, Everet John ... , Edward James Douglas, Hector Frederick White, Kenneth Desmond Clarke, Jack Henry Bell, William John Hayes ... 176 words
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  2. NOTICE UNDER REAL PROPERTY ACT. Application No. A583487 having been made by Minnie Lucock (formerly Minnie Lewin), of Inverell, to be registered as proprietor by transmission of th...
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 29 April 1921 [Issue No.62] p 2629

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... kin of Arthur John Lewin, deceased, with the consent of all other the next of kin tyotp interested ... .] Further information may fee obtained &t the Land Titles Office, Sydney. W. G. H-WILLIAMS, 29th April, 1921 ... 141 words
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  3. REGISTRATION OF BRANDS ACT OF 1866. FIRST QUARTERLY LIST OF REGISTERED HORSE BRANDS.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 18 August 1868 [Issue No.202 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 2611

    Government Gazette Notices Illustrated

    ... , Mulwalla jAndw. Walsh, Chain of Ponds, Blancy John Williams, Boomanoomana, Mul wala * Mary Wilson, Fish ... , Booligal William Moore, Wallaby, Booligal John M'Donald, Crabbie Creek, Merriwa Thomas Arndell, Caddai ... 147710 words
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  1. Old Sydney John Macarthur and the Onslow Family—Camden Park—John William Lewin. MISS Macarthur Onslow has presented a life size bust of John Macarthur to the Camden School of Arts.
    Truth (Sydney, NSW : 1894 - 1954) Sunday 15 January 1928 p 17 Article
    ... born in 1770 and died in the year 1819. The Duke of Portland was Secretary of State for the Colonies in ... Park — John William Lewin. MISS Macarthur Onslow has presented a life size bust of John Macarthur to ... 997 words
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  2. WEDDINGS. MR. W. P. STENT TO MISS M. LEWIN,
    Punch (Melbourne, Vic. : 1900 - 1918; 1925) Thursday 10 September 1903 p 28 Article Illustrated
    ... 'Con-^pll ^'etwcen Mr. William P. Stent youngest son' of Mr Thomas Stent, oE Bnstol Bng f ^ I J iti^ Mary Lewin ... lewin) wore a lovely dress of cream + Z-J 'ilk trmmed with insertion and ernatucked silk, tr-mmea v ... 2380 words
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  3. SMYTHESDALE POLICE COURT. TUESDAY, 18th NOVEMBER. (Before the Mayor, J. Keith, and Jas. Lewin, J.P.)
    The Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1883; 1914 - 1918) Thursday 20 November 1879 p 4 Article
    ... SMYHESDALE POLICE COURT. TUESDAY. 18th November (Before the Mayor, J. Keith, and Jas. Lowin, J P ... -Howlett, second offence; fined 10s,or in default four Bays' imprisonment.—William Bennett was charged; with having ... 585 words
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  1. Harold Bruce Lewin, vagabond, imposter.
    Harold Bruce Lewin, vagabond, imposter.
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    Also known as Harold Bowman Lewin.Roamed the eastern states of Australia c. 1926-1933, posing as a 'retired compositor and journalist'. He was neither.Part of my research for my series...

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  2. William Aubrey
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    STOCK AND STATION.(By 'Barunah.')Merino Stud for Carnamah.There has never been a recognised studMerino flock in the Carnamah district, although it occupies an important posit...

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  3. John Nilan
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    Husband of Mary Elizabeth Williams wh subsequently married Duncan Roderick McKinnon

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  1. Queensland , a musical retrospective. 1880-1930
    Sampson, George, 1861-1949
    [ Sound : 2006 ]
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  2. Health report / with Norman Swan
    Swan, Norman
    [ Sound : 2004-2010 ]
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  3. The Oresteian trilogy : Agamemnon ; The Choephori ; The Eumenides / Aeschylus ; translated by Philip Vellacott
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  4. Gilligan's Island. a Gladasya, United Artists Television production in association with the CBS Television Network ; produced and created by Sherwood Schwartz ; directed by Tony Leader ; written by Joanna Lee
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    Gilligan's Island. a Gladasya, United Artists Television production in association with the CBS Television Network ; produced and created by Sherwood Schwartz ; directed by Tony Leader ; written by Joanna Lee
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  1. Australia's first professional artist: John William Lewin 1770-1819
    Neville, Richard
    Art and Australia
    [ Article : 1989 ]
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  2. JOHN WILLIAM LEWIN A Memoir (1 January 1956)
    Royal Australian Historical Society; By PHYLLIS MANDER JONES, B.A
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    JOHN WILLIAM LEWIN A Memoir (1 January 1956)
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  3. Drawing from life?: J. W. Lewin's The gigantic lyllie of New South Wales. [Paper in: Underdrawing.]
    Dredge, Paula
    Melbourne Journal of Technical Studies in Art
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  4. Major Henry Colden Antill, of Picton, N.S.W. (1779-1852.) (1 June 1946)
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  2. Lewin on trusts
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  3. A practical treatise on the law of trusts / by (the late) Thomas Lewin, esq
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  4. Physiology and biochemistry of algae
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