Black Thursday. After William Strutt, British.
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Black Thursday

c1870s. Autotype, artist’s signature reproduced in image lower left, 29.9 x 88.1cm. Repaired missing portions and perforations to left portion of image, minor creases and tears to edges. Laid down on acid-free backing.

Strutt’s original 1864 oil painting, Black Thursday, February 6th, 1851, measuring 106.5 x 343cm, is held in the State Library of Victoria. The Black Thursday bushfires of 1851 engulfed Victoria only days before the discovery of gold. Thirteen years later, Strutt composed this painting in England, based on sketches he had made at the time from first-hand accounts.

Patented in 1864 by inventor Joseph Swan, autotype is an early photographic process using a carbon pigment. Ref: Science Museum Group (UK).

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Item #CL194-39

Price (AUD): $1,650.00  Other currencies

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