Bonhams to Sell Album of Paintings of Australia’s Famed Wine Growing Region

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LONDON.- An album of paintings of Australia’s famed wine growing region, the Barossa Valley, by an English vicar sent as a parish priest to Lyndoch in 1877, will be sold at Bonhams Exploration & Travel Sale on September 15 in London. What makes this album of topographical views particularly interesting is that they show the region as it was before the total domination of the vineyards. Jacob’s Creek for example is just a river running through a bleak rocky valley. Estimated to sell for £40,000-60,000 the album is of topographical views by Reverend Alfred Sells (English, 1822-1908), in and around Adelaide and the Barossa Valley, South Australia. There are also sketches depicting the artist’s voyage to Australia aboard the S.S. Somersetshire. Most are inscribed with title and dated 1876-1879. Giles Peppiatt, Director of the Travel & Exploration Pictures