First Fleet paintings return to Australia.
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|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2006|
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