Joseph Burke Lecture 2014 – Please Note the Change of Time and Venue

The Fine Arts Network, The Alumni Relations Team, Faculty of Arts and the Art History Program, the University of Melbourne, are pleased to announce the Joseph Burke Lecture 2014, which friends and patrons of the Ursula Hoff Institute are welcome to attend.

Thomas Woolner in Australia

 Presented by Angus Trumble

About the Presenter: Angus Trumble was appointed Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 2014.  He was for 11 years in the Yale Centre for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, as senior curator of paintings and sculpture. He is the author of A Brief History of the Smile (2003).  His latest book co-edited with Professor Andrea Wolk Rager (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio), is Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century.  He is a regular contributor to The Times Literary Supplement, The Burlington Magazine, The Paris Review, Esopus Magazine andThe Australian Book Review.

About the Lecture: On July 15, 1852, the Pre-Raphaelite sculptor Thomas Woolner (1825–1892) embarked from Gravesend aboard the Greens’ Blackwall frigate Windsor, bound for Melbourne. Woolner sailed with two older friends and fellow artists, Edward La Trobe Bateman (1816–1897) and Bernhard Smith (1820–1885), and their departure inspired The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown. The three men hoped to make their fortune prospecting for gold in Victoria. After six months’ effort, Woolner turned to portrait sculpture as a means to support himself first in Melbourne, and then in Sydney, before sailing back to England. Woolner’s goldfields journal and the detailed log he kept aboard The Queen of the South on the long voyage home shed much light on the colonial societies in which he was temporarily immersed, and upon his rapid development and later career as a sculptor.

This lecture is based on research towards the preparation of a forthcoming scholarly edition of both documents with critical apparatus, and a projected exhibition of many of the portrait medallions executed by Woolner in Victoria and New South Wales.

We do hope you will join us for this special event.

Date and Time: Thursday, 25 September 2014, 5:15 – 6:30 pm

Wright Lecture Theatre, Medical Building, the University of Melbourne


Enquiries Graham Ryles

(M) 0409 351 511 (E)



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