Queen Victoria versus "King Billy": Images as History

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Title Queen Victoria versus "King Billy": Images as History
Author Woodrow, Ross Daniel
Editor Noel Frankham
Year Published 2003
Place of publication Hobart, University of Tasmania
Publisher Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools
Abstract In Visual Ephemera (2000), Anita Callaway makes the assertion that our non-indigenous cultural beginnings in the nineteenth century will be found in the often transient popular arts, rather than in a fruitless search for great oil paintings to compete against the European High-Art paradigm. In this paper I will extend the scope of Callaway's study to encompass the field of popular illustration and cartooning. My analysis draws from the graphic production of the most prolific image maker in nineteenth century Australia, Montagu Scott (1835 - 1909). In particular, I make a comparison of his illustrated work of the 1860s with examples produced by him in the 1890s. The theme I will explore is as topical as it ever was - the relationship between Australia and Britain as it is made manifest by Australian attitudes to the British Monarch or her representative in Australia. Since an examination of this relationship is essentially a chronicle of the construction of an Australian identity distinct from Europe, other sub-texts naturally emerge, including the use made by Anglo-Australians of their ideas about, and images of, indigenous Australians. Even though my examples are restricted to a dozen images, I intend these to characterize the richness of the data in popular graphic discourse. By implication this paper also presents a model, if not methodology, for extraction of ideological significance from popular images.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.acuads.com.au/
ISBN NA
Publication Title ACUADS Survey: Current art and design research and practice
Conference name ACUADS Survey: Current art and design research and practice within Aust tertiary art&design schools
Location Unversity of Tasmania
Date From 2003-10-01
Date To 2003-10-04
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/32940
Date Accessioned 2007-07-06
Date Available 2010-08-03T09:04:13Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Queensland College of Art
Subject PRE2009-Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1x

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