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Other picture boards in Van Diemen’s Land: The recovery of lost illustrations of frontier violence and relationships

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Brodie, ND and Harman, K ORCID: 0000-0002-0567-3736 2017 , 'Other picture boards in Van Diemen’s Land: The recovery of lost illustrations of frontier violence and relationships' , Aboriginal History, vol. 41 , pp. 3-21 , doi: 10.22459/AH.41.2017.01.

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Abstract

Art history is replete with works whose prior existence is affirmed only by text, most commonly through titles and descriptions in catalogues, but also by passing mentions in other sources. A significant Australian colonial illustration of this phenomenon of textually surviving lost art concerns ‘Several Paintings on Panel’, described in detail by a colonial witness, which depict scenes intended to convey government messages to Indigenous Tasmanians during the Vandemonian War. These descriptions do not match the better known and frequently reproduced Tasmanian Picture Boards, typified in Figure 1, which survive in several archives around the world and have been the subject of considerable study and commentary. Their iconographical recovery is, we argue, an important correction to the imagery of frontier relations in 1820s and 1830s Van Diemen’s Land specifically and colonial Australia more generally.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Brodie, ND and Harman, K
Keywords: history, Australia, Tasmania
Journal or Publication Title: Aboriginal History
Publisher: Australian National University, Dept. of History
ISSN: 0314-8769
DOI / ID Number: 10.22459/AH.41.2017.01
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