Exhibition book


Published in conjunction with the exhibition, this beautifully designed and lavishly illustrated book is a great addition to any art lover’s collection.


Robert Dowling
Tasmanian son of Empire

John Jones

Robert Dowling (1827–1886) holds a special place in the history of Australian art as its first locally trained artist. He is known for his portraits of colonial European society, genre, Oriental and biblical subjects and the largest mid 19th century paintings of Australian Aborigines.

Beautifully illustrated and designed, this book features over 70 works. Meticulously researched, it is a significant addition to the scholarship on Australian colonial history and art. It will expose the reader to a much neglected but extraordinary chapter in Australian art and offer new visual insights into inter-racial relations in colonial Australia.



192 pp | pb 235 x 175 mm
ISBN: 9780642334107
Published 2010
illustrated in full colour

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