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PHOTOGRAPH - HUNTING PARTY. - A photograph of a group of colonial hunters.

n.p. n.d [c1880?]. Albumen print 130x200mm on an old card mount that is quite chipped around the edges, now in a modern mount and fake period frame that can be kept or discarded as desired. ¶ An arresting, terrifying image that in bleaker moods represents too well some flipside Australian spirit of achievement: in an near desolated landscape every male who can sit on a horse and hold a gun is about to set out and slaughter whatever is left. The presence of at least three children indicates they aren't out for Aborigines or bushrangers but I wouldn't want to be a creature of any species in that neighbourhood. I count 35 hunters so this isn't some spur of the moment after lunch jaunt and there are a couple of distinguished looking members - but this clearly isn't the kind of mock fox hunt that Trollope describes in his account of Australia, the bandolier draped round one hunter makes that clear. I can't see anything in the costumes or guns that couldn't date from the 1860's but outback Australia isn't known for avant-garde fashion and an expert may prove me wrong; so I've opted for a later approximate date.
AUD 475.00 [Appr.: EURO 316.25 US$ 372.93 | £UK 282.5 | JP¥ 42150] Book number 9234

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