Image: Courtesy of State Library of NSW

As part of History Week 2018, Curator Margot Riley will explore the prevalence of memorial portraiture in Australia and the observance of mourning etiquette, as evidenced through the collections of The State Library of NSW.

Margot will discuss how grieving protocols intensified in the Australian colonies throughout the second half of the 19th century, following the model of perpetual mourning set by British monarch Queen Victoria after the death of Prince Albert in 1861.

Memorial portraiture was already an established genre within the artistic tradition but gained impetus as the new technology of photography enabled the mechanisation of portrait making. Curator Margot Riley will explore the prevalence of memorial portraiture in Australia and the observance of mourning etiquette, as evidenced through the collections of the State Library of NSW.

When:   Saturday 8 September, 2.00pm-3.00pm 
Where:  
State Library of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney
Cost:     
$10
Bookings:  via booking button above
Contact:       02 9273 1770
Hosted by:   The State Library of NSW

 

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