National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Patricia Macdonald to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the NGV through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 2011
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In this painting, Poole depicts the parting of a British family prior to emigration, possibly to Australia. When the work was exhibited at London’s Royal Academy in 1838, it was the first time a painting on the subject of emigration had been be shown there. Emigration, however, was topical and found instant recognition, and Poole’s painting was immediately purchased by a collector from Liverpool.