Plenty: Two family stories

The collection focused display ‘Plenty’ at the Queensland Art Gallery’s International Art Collection, Philip Bacon Galleries (7-9) is based on two groups of historical international paintings drawn from the Gallery’s Collection. Perhaps unexpectedly, these apparently gentle paintings can be traced to Australia’s early colonial period and the violent settler frontier. Two gifts are central. First,…

Go back in time to 1885 when Brisbane was a young township

Harriet Jane Neville-Rolfe’s watercolour Houses of Parliament, Brisbane 1885 (illustrated and currently on display at the Queensland Art Gallery) was painted just before the artist left Australia to return to England. We can clearly see Queensland’s Parliament House and other recognisable Brisbane landmarks from across the river in a depiction of the daily life of…