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Plate with kangaroos, lyrebirds and ferns Theme: The Land

Birth/Death: 1944–1962

Title: Plate with kangaroos, lyrebirds and ferns

Credit Line: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

In 1944 the Arthur Merric Boyd Pottery was founded at Murrumbeena, Victoria. With artists such as Neil Douglas, it produced domestic pottery with energetic painted decoration of Australian landscape, fauna, flora and designs imitating Aboriginal art. Douglas’ work in particular expressed an early concern for the importance of the conservation of Australia’s natural environment.

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