Strutt and Friends

Strutt and Friends
An Artist's Odyssey Talks / Lecture

William Strutt (1825–1915), Portrait of John Pascoe Fawkner, Founder of Melbourne‰(detail) 1856,
18 October 2015, 2pm-3.30pm
Theatre, Lower Ground 1


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English artist William Strutt came to Australia in 1850 and remained until 1862. Colonial Australia was a country so often imagined without a history, and Strutt had the ambitions to produce history painting. In seeking to reflect the development of a historical consciousness in Australia, he failed to find much of an audience, but was arguably ahead of his time.

It took quite an act of the imagination to think of Australia as having a history worth painting. Hear about the world that artist William Strutt was living in: the changing face of Melbourne and Victoria, the heroes and villains he depicted and the unique relationships he developed with contemporary artists and patrons. Join exhibition curator Matthew Jones with Elisabeth Findlay, Sasha Grishin, Chris McAuliffe and Richard White in this exciting discussion about Strutt's time in Australia, and his legacy.