Staring at art from the Tate's collection and thinking about it

Sunday, 7 July 2013

The Founding of Australia 1788 - Algernon Talmage

Algernon Talmage, The Founding of Australia 1788, 1937, oil paint on canvas, 2290 x 3200 mm, Tate.

Another example of what the Tate was actually buying doing the modernist era.  Weirdly, the actual painting was presumably too tedious to photograph, and instead is represented here by this line sketch of it featured in the 1937 Royal Academy catalogue.  So instead of a presumably unremarkable history painting (I've seen a detailed oil sketch and you'd have to be really big on the founding of Australia to get much out of it), we get this curious ghost version of it.  Print out and colour in.

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