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First Fleet paintings return to Australia.

Many readers may have seen the published collection of works of art in the newspapers which the National Library acquired from England at the end of 1005. These were a collection of paintings by the First Fleet artist George Raper who was on HMS Sirius. The paintings are of birds and flowers and are of particular beauty. They are in many ways similar to those by Captain Hunter, also on the Sirius.

The national Library was fortunate to acquire this collection of over fifty paintings from Lord Ducie. They had been in he family for generations but the artist was unknown because the paintings were unsigned. The National Library's Picture Librarian was able to identify the artist as George Raper. There are other collections of Raper paintings in London and in the Mitchell Library in Sydney and comparisons were thus possible.

This is a wonderful collection to return to Australia. A few of the paintings which are in perfect condition and colour are in the Exhibition "Treasures from Australian Libraries" which is on tour to all State Capital Cities. Do not miss the opportunity to see these when the exhibition is in your city. In addition there are many other seldom seen treasures for you to delight in.
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Publication:M A R G I N: life & letters in early Australia
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Apr 1, 2006
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