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Goldminer 1861

By James Anderson

This unusual portrait shows an Australian bushman, probably a goldminer, wearing a highly-stylised version of goldfields dress. His occupation is suggested by the pick and shovel linked together and balanced on his shoulder.

The subject’s spotless white shirt is left open at the neck, tucked into well-fitting trousers above long boots, showing evidence of recent polish. He is unshaven, as was the custom in outlying regions, and stands in a relaxed pose near the door of a bark hut. His red flannel ‘Crimean’ shirt, a kind of over-shirt popular with rural workers, is draped casually over one arm. He lights an ornately carved meerschaum pipe which suggests his European origins.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on canvas
Call Number:
ML 1349
Published date:
1861
On display:
Exhibition Galleries
Copyright Information:

Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955

Please acknowledge: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Display Location:
Exhibition Galleries
Historical Dates
Started Tuesday, 1 January 1861
Finished Tuesday, 31 December 1861
Started Tuesday, 1 January 1861
Finished Tuesday, 31 December 1861