John William Lewin (1770 – 27 August 1819) was an English-born artist active in Australia from 1800. The first professional artist of the colony of New South Wales, he illustrated the earliest volumes of Australian natural history.
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... His background as a natural history artist made Lewin an acute observer of the reality of the Australian landscape and its fauna and flora critic Robert Hughes comments that he was the ... an authentic bush atmosphere." Walter Wilson Froggatt stated in his memoir of Lewin"he collected the insects in all stages of development, studied their life histories, noted their ... Although Lewin was made an Associate of the Linnean Society, he was not part of the scientific milieu which surround significant naturalists such as Robert Brown, Sir Joseph Banks, or Alan Cunningham ...
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