Edward La Trobe Bateman

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Edward La Trobe Bateman
Born 1815
Lower Wyke
Died 1897
Nationality British
Movement Pre-Raphaelite

Edward La Trobe Bateman (8 January 1816 – 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 brother was John Frederick Bateman, the famous hydraulic engineer, another, Christian Henry Bateman, became 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 state of Victoria in Australia.

In 1924, grandchildren Charles La Trobe, donated 12 artworks by Bateman to the state.[1] the 12 pencil sketches were of La Trobe's Cottage and its grounds from the era when the La Trobe family were in residence.[1]

Edward had lived in London where he had been engaged to the daughter of William and Mary Howitt.[2] Edward visited Australia and stayed initially with Godfrey Howitt.

In 1856, the Carlton Gardens in Melbourne were redesigned and Edward la Trobe Bateman was engaged to do the designs. The path layout and other features of the design were built although limitations on funding for maintenance resulted in frequent criticism.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "VICTORIAN RELICS". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 4 November 1924. p. 10. Retrieved 31 August 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Edward le Trobe Bateman at Australian Dictionary of Biography accessed 6 October 2007

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