George French Angas
George French Angas Born:1822- Died:1886
Angas arrived in Australia at the beginning of 1844 as a painter and naturalist. He is one of the most important artists of colonial Australia.
He arrived in Australia to document everyday life as he saw it, and create a folio of lithographs under subscription from his London clients. With the capital raised from the subscriptions, Angas travelled extensively on expeditions deep into unexplored South Australia.
His works such as ‘South Australia illustrated’, Savage life and scenes in Australia and the ‘Six views of the Gold field of Ophir’ now stand as an important contribution to Australian colonial history by allowing the viewer an insight into past historic events and documenting early aboriginal portraits and artefacts. He also extensively documented our flora, painting wild flowers and identifiable species of eucalyptus trees.