John Glover is considered to be one of the best Australian landscape painters of the early colonial period. He painted My Harvest Home in 1835 and it depicts Patterdale Farm in northern Tasmania, the farm Glover established in 1832 through a land grant from the Tasmanian Government. Historian Jeanette Hoon argues that this painting not only celebrates the Tasmanian harvest, and Glover... Read More »
This image is from the Watling Collection, a collection of 512 numbered drawings depicting natural history and ethnographic subjects from eighteenth-century Australia. Thomas Watling, an artist from Dumfries, Scotland, created a large portion of the collection. Some of the collection's images are by at least one other artist or artists known as the Port Jackson Painter. Watling was a part of... Read More »
Social discrimination against old regime elites continued in this parody of a famous painting prior to the French Revolution, The Oath of the Horatii, by Jacques–Louis David which focused on the courage of three brothers who thrust their arms bravely forward to signal their willingness to sacrifice themselves for their country. In this image, three officers recruited from the nobility... Read More »
This image from Chamber A1 of Rouffignac Cave was created by a young girl we posit to be between four and five years old from her height and the places in the cave where she has chosen to make her flutings. She was part of a group of people who visited the cave during the Upper Paleolithic Period (sometime between 20,000 and 11,000 years ago). It seemed she was part of a group which included 8... Read More »
This image shows "the people" as a chained and blindfolded man being crushed under the weight of the rich, including both clergy and nobility. Such a perspective on the period before 1789 purposely exaggerates social divisions and would have found few proponents before the French Revolution, but the image does reveal the social clash felt so intensely by the revolutionaries.