good to see a plug for the exhibition. as a former National Library person
it seems to me that the major libraries are realising more and more that
their collections of natural history art (and in some cases manuscripts)
are of interest to lots of people. the NLA recently published a book based
on the sketchbook of Governor Hunter - who drew lots of the birds and
flowers in colonial Aus, and I was recently employed to do an index for
their next natural history offering - which is about the key early Aus
naturalists, including Gould, Gilbert, Lewin and so on - includes great
images from the NLA's collections of colonial art as well as a well-written
text. it'll be worth looking out for in a few months time when its
On Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 10:51 PM, Roger Giller <>wrote:
> In conjunction with the publishing of the book The State Library of NSW
> currently has an exhibition called "Lewin: Wild Art" I visited yesterday
> found it fascinating. A good selection of his original drawings is on
> display, and it is interesting to compare them with those of modern artists
> and illustrators.
> Of course many of the bird names have changed since Lewin drew them,
> probably more than once. I think Regent Honeyeater is a much better name
> than Warty-faced Honeysucker.
> The exhibition runs until May 27.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert Inglis
> Sent: Friday, 13 April 2012 8:40 AM
> To: Birding-Aus
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] J W Lewin
> I found out about the J W Lewin book when I heard an interview with the
> author, Richard Neville, on Radio National ("RN, your world unravelling") a
> few days ago.
> The audio of the interview can be heard by going to the Radio National
> website http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/ and entering the word "Lewin"
> in the "Search" box (not the ABC Search box although that might work as
> well). Select the item about J W Lewin.
> I appear to have been a little too oblique for some people in my original
> posting when I mentioned this book so I will try to straighten that up
> That posting was originally intended to point out that some publishers (at
> least one, anyway) in Australia do, at times, use capitals for the initial
> letters of bird common names.
> Receiving a copy of the book as I was actually composing a comment on the
> subject of capitalising bird common names (that is, using capitals for the
> initial letters of the names) gave me the opportunity to advise that the
> book is available.
> I felt sure that there would be many birders very interested in the book
> and, after seeing the wonderful reproductions of so many pieces of artwork
> in the book, I decided to mention it.
> I will admit that, in my follow-up posting about J W Lewin, I did adopt a
> style which could be termed "perversely humorous" (thank you Wendy) but I
> make no apologies for that.
> I was a little disappointed that no one had commented on the book after my
> mention of it but I have since been somewhat gladdened by the subsequent
> responses. It seems a little light, perverse humour can work positively at
> If anyone had not heard of the book previous to my posting they could have
> taken my 'hint' and undertaken an internet search on "j w Lewin" and
> found what I was writing about.
> The suggestion to do an internet search for more information is often made
> by people on this forum when someone posts a sighting report without giving
> full details of the location.
> That suggestion was made a few days ago in response to a posting about a
> sighting in the Border Ranges NP.
> Incidentally, I have declared my pleasure with the J W Lewin book a few
> times but I must declare a slight disappointment with the publisher. In the
> first few pages I have so far found two glaring examples of errors in
> printing in the form of 'stray' words and inappropriately duplicated words.
> Still, it is a surprisingly affordable book and one I am glad to have in my
> Bob Inglis
> Sandstone Point
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