View from Mt. Hope. Pyramid Hill bearing S. 30W. Sep. 1. 60

The expedition arrived at Mt Hope on the 1st of September and Becker painted Pyramid Hill from the top of Mount Hope. The granite boulders that made up the range looked to him like petrified whales and elephants and he observed a great range of insect life: “It was surprising to see the great number of butterflies, moths & other insects swarming around the rich blooming vegetation growing out from between the crevices of the gigantic boulders.”

See also a video of the BWEE expedition at the same location 150 years later: Re-Crossing Mt Hope. Becker's description can be seen in his First report at Burke and Wills Web

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View from Mt. Hope. Pyramid Hill bearing S. 30W. Sep. 1. 60.
Ludwig Becker, artist
1860.
watercolour : pen and ink ; 12.1 x 17.7 cm.
Accession No: H16486

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