About the NGV
National Gallery of Victoria

Exiles and Emigrants
Education Resource

The New Land


Thomas Webster
A letter from the colonies 1852

Long awaited letters from the colonies describing life were important to families and also encouraged others to emigrate. Often young men would emigrate and establish a home before their wife and family joined them. This painting is set in the English living room and portrays family life.

Thomas Webster
England 1800–1886
A letter from the colonies 1852
oil on wood
41.3 x 52.1 cm
Tate Gallery, London


NGV: Art like never before