C1881

The Black Tracker.

Rare supplement to The Australasian Sketcher for 18th June 1881. Romantised images of the Australian bush such as this, were created by home grown artists, for an Australian audience that perpetuated the myth and connection that city dwellers had with … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Black Tracker.

Date:

C1881

Condition:

In good condition with folds as issued.

Technique:

Original colour printed wood engraving.

Image Size: 

405mm 
x 300mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Black Tracker. - Antique Print from 1881

Genuine antique
dated:

1881

Description:

Rare supplement to The Australasian Sketcher for 18th June 1881.

Romantised images of the Australian bush such as this, were created by home grown artists, for an Australian audience that perpetuated the myth and connection that city dwellers had with the bush. An Aboriginal tracker is following tracks on horseback. At the height of the Kelly gang’s activities the Queensland Government sent some of their native police to Victoria to assist in the capture of the Kelly Gang. 

G.R.A. - George Rossi Ashton (1857 - 1942)

Ashton studied at the South Kensington School of Art and became a black-and-white illustrator for the London Graphic. In 1877-78 he represented the Illustrated London News at the Kaffir war and next year joined Julian on the Illustrated Australian News in Melbourne; together they covered the capture of the Kelly gang at Glenrowan. He was among the first sketch-artists of the Bulletin, drew also for the Australasian Sketcher, the Illustrated Sydney News and the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, and was art editor and artist for Victoria and its Metropolis. In 1886-88 he was a member of the Art Society of New South Wales and the Australian Artists' Association (Victoria). In 1893 he returned to England where he continued to illustrate for various papers and toured music-halls with a lightning-sketch routine.

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