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Thomas Bock's Hobart Town

  • 13 Sep 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Central Gallery, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

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Thomas Bock (c.1793–1855) trained as an engraver and miniature painter in Birmingham, UK. In 1823, after running foul of the law, he was sentenced to transportation to Tasmania for 14 years.

In fledgling Hobart Town, Bock’s convict assignment capitalised on his trade, however, as early as 1825 he was also advertising as a ‘Portrait Painter, Historical and Writing Engraver’ and he was soon regarded as one of the finest portraitists in the colony. 

The exhibition Thomas Bock brings together a collection of portraits of Aboriginal people, bushrangers and family, as well as personal sketches, landscapes and daguerreotypes.

Dr Mary Knights, TMAG Senior Curator of Art, will speak about Bock’s life as a convict artist observed through his works of art. 

RSVP Monday 10 September
Friends Members $20 
Non-members $30 
includes refreshments 
Entry via the Watergate, Dunn Place


Thomas Bock, Portrait of William Buelow Gould 1803-1853 c.1839 pencil and watercolour on card 8.6 x 5.7cm Collection: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

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