Settlement: 1827–50

Following the settlement of the Swan River Colony original voices developed, expressing their pride in the development of the land and their response to the characteristic sparkling light, unique vegetation and broad expanses of water in the West. These artists were talented amateurs, painting in watercolour a relatively easily transportable medium. Practical necessity meant that furniture was produced in the colony from the early days, either by the settlers themselves, or by professional cabinet makers.

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