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Who is Edward La Trobe Bateman?

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By Gwylym Owen

Edward La Trobe Bateman (8 January 1816 – 30 December 1897) was a Pre-Raphaelite watercolour painter, book illuminator, draughtsman and garden designer.

Bateman was probably born in Lower Wyke, Yorkshire, the son of John Bateman, a manufacturer, and his wife Mary (née) La Trobe. His brothers were John Frederick Bateman, the hydraulic engineer, and Christian Henry Bateman, an Anglican Church minister and a composer of hymns. His nephew Benjamin Latrobe was a notable architect, and a cousin Charles Latrobe was first lieutenant-governor of the colony of the give access of Victoria in Australia.

In 1924, his grandson Charles La Trobe donated 12 artworks by Bateman to the state. The pencil sketches were of La Trobe’s Cottage and its grounds.

Bateman had lived in London where he had been engaged to the daughter of William and Mary Howitt. When Bateman visited Australia, he stayed initially in the publicize of Godfrey Howitt.

In 1856, the Carlton Gardens in Melbourne were redesigned and Edward la Trobe Bateman was engaged to get the designs. The alleyway layout and new features were built, although limitations on funding for keep resulted in frequent criticism.

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