Despite the preponderance of gold-mining and railway-themed illustrations that appear on this site, I have been known to draw other things, especially aircraft. Herewith an example.
ON-MARK B-26K ‘INVADER‘
‘A ‘CALIFORNIAN’ TYPE 5-STAMP BATTERY AS USED ON N.Z. GOLDFIELDS’.
In most of the Coromandel Peninsula’s batteries (reduction-works), the stamper battery was the key to success. The battery invariably operated in groups of five (as illustrated).* Heavy weights (the ‘Stamps’), operating in a pre-programmed sequence and set at the optimum height for the purpose, crushed the gold-bearing quartz-rock to talcum-powder fineness, releasing the gold there-in for further chemical processing.
* Confusingly, in Australasia, the term ‘Battery’ was / is used to describe both the crushing machinery (as illustrated), and the building / site where these machines were located.
‘Art’ takes many forms, not all of them necessarily mono-dimensional. For many years I have been a model railway enthusiast, using 1: 148 scale (‘British’ N-scale) to reproduce in miniature the sorts of things that could be seen in the ‘full-sized’ world. An example of this appears below. It depicts the battery (also known as a ‘reduction-works’) of the Kaisers Reef (Hauraki) Gold Mining Co. Ltd. In common with many of my efforts it is fictional in concept, although based on actual similar plants and is technically-accurate in what it portrays. It is included for your viewing pleasure as it is a verifiable ‘work of art’ , albeit in three dimensional form; the colours and techniques used in creating the model forming (at least in my opinion) a cohesive whole, and contributing to the over-all narrative.
Kaisers Reef (Hauraki) G. M. Co. 40-stamp Battery and cyanide plant
Notes: Scale: 1:148.
Dimensions: 13 in. x 13.5 in. x 5 in.
Materials used: Mixed media.
New Zealand Government Rlys. Dept. Class Wb.
These were a small tank locomotive of 2-6-4T wheel arrangement, and were used on light track and suburban service.
Herewith two images for your delectation. I trust that you will enjoy them.
In underground goldmines, the gold was contained within quartz rock , known as ‘reefs’. The reefs had to be broken-up and to do this required the use of explosives, placed into holes drilled into the quartz rock. Compressed-air was used to drive the machines used to drill these holes. The image above shows two men using a rock drill (based-on the Edgar’ patent) with light being provided by candles placed in holders (known as ‘spiders) inserted into the walls of the working. This image is a study in shadows.
Note: Drawn with a pigment liner with an 0.3 mm nib, on cartridge paper. Image measures 3.5 in x 4 in. (76 mm x 114 mm).
NEW ZEALAND RAILWAYS CLASS ‘N’. 2-6-2
These were a class of steam locomotives used for general goods service , and were built by Baldwin locomotive in the USA.
Notes: Black ‘Finepoint’ ballpoint pen on cartridge paper. Image measures 3 in. x 4.5 in. (76 mm x 114 mm).