A Nation Imagined: The Artists of the Picturesque Atlas

A Nation Imagined: The Artists of the Picturesque Atlas

Original drawings and paintings by the artists of The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia will be on show at the National Library in A Nation Imagined: The Artists of the Picturesque Atlas.

The Atlas, published in supplements between 1886 and 1889, set out to document through illustrations, maps and text a settler-colonial view of Australia's history, landscape and ways of life. It was also a catalyst for the art movement that followed, now known as Australian impressionism.

The exhibition showcases the art of three of the Atlas’s artists: Julian Ashton, A. Henry Fullwood and Frank Mahony. The works of other Atlas contributors – including William Macleod, Ellis Rowan, Constance Roth and Americans William Smedley and Frederic B. Schell – are also featured, as well as the original engraving tools of Atlas artist George Collingridge.

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A Nation Imagined: The Artists of the Picturesque Atlas is presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
  • Oil painting of an Australian prospector
    Julian Ashton, The Prospector, 1889 (detail), oil on canvas on hardboard, Art Gallery of NSW

DETAILS

DATES

12 Mar - 11 Jul 2021

Next occurrence: 15 Jun 2021

OPENING HOURS

Daily: 9am-5pm

COSTS

Free

ACCESSIBILITY

Disabled access available, contact operator for details

Location

A Nation Imagined: The Artists of the Picturesque Atlas

National Library of Australia, Parkes Place West, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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