The Painters

James Edward (1826-1893)

These views by a popular London-based landscape artist of the great goldfields cities, Ballarat and Bendigo, commissioned by the Victorian colonial authorities for display in the Victorian Court of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition held in South Kensington in 1886.

Meadows never visited Australia – to create the views, he would have used photographs of the main buildings as well as maps and plans of the cities. He would have used standard architectural principles to create an isometric image based on a notional vantage point above the south side of each city. His lack of local knowledge becomes clear when one perceives his failure to depict the steep escarpment to the east of Lydiard Street in Ballarat.