• William Strutt, Bushrangers, Victoria, Australia 1852, c.1887, oil on canvas, 75.7 x 156.6 cm. The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of the Russell and Mab Grimwade Bequest 1973

  • Daring depredations on the St Kilda and Brighton Road: William Strutt

    Nicholas Chevalier, Robert Dale, Arthur Esam, S T Gill, Robert Havell, George Rowe, William Strutt, GoodmanTeal, Nathaniel Whitlock

    12 Sep 2002 to 1 Dec 2002
    Curator: Chris McAuliffe

    Bushrangers, Victoria, Australia 1852, by William Strutt is one of the most significant works in the University of Melbourne Art Collection. Its display in this exhibition provides an insight into an event that took place on 16 October 1852. During 2002, the 150th anniversary of the event, the artwork itself, along with three studies for the painting and related images by Strutt of Colonial victoria, places the work within nineteenth century studio practice and the artist’s oeuvre. The display also includes infra-red research which shoes the complexities of picture-making. Bushrangers can be interpreted as an allegory of good and bad government and a commentary on the state of law and lawlessness in Melbourne at the time of the gold rush.

    This exhibition aims to provide a context for the painting by displaying colonial works showing artists' interpretations of the social, political, and environmental concerns of the period. Key themes in this exhibition are: the discussion of Strutt’s practice in relation to the sketches, his ideology of colonial governance, and the discussion of the specific facts of the 16 October 1852 incident.


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SUNDAY 19 APRIL Cinema Nova in partnership with the Potter’s exhibition Weird melancholy: The Australian gothic, presents a series of Australian Gothic Cinema. Peter Weir’s 1975 Australian classic, Picnic at Hanging Rock will be brought back to the big screen, followed by a panel discussing the film. Panel consists of screenwriter Cliff Green; actress Helen Morse who starred in the film; author Dr Brian McFarlane and academic/journalist Dr Mark Nicholls. Hosted by Carol van Opstal.

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