Fish catch and Dawes Point, Sydney Harbour: John Lewin

John Lewin: Fish catch and Dawes Point, Sydney Harbour

Fish catch and Dawes Point, Sydney Harbour is a still life painting of a fishing bounty, which is thought to be the first oil painting created in Australia, in 1813.

English-born John Lewin came to Australia in 1800 to paint the flora and fauna of the new colony. This picture depicts several varieties of fish found in Sydney harbours, such as hammerhead shark, snapper, sea mullet and estuary perch. To the top left is Dawes Point, now located on the northern side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

John Lewin’s Fish catch and Dawes Point, Sydney Harbour can be found in the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide.

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