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Masters George, William and Miss Harriet Ware with the Aborigine Jamie Ware

oil on canvas
63.7 × 76.4 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Eleanor M. Borrow Bequest, 2007
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Gallery location
Gallery 5
Level 2, NGV Australia

Robert Dowling was the first European artist to emerge from the Australian colonies. During the 1850s he painted throughout Van Diemen’s Land and Victoria, before moving to London in 1857. The Dowling and Ware families, connected by the marriage of Robert Dowling’s brother Thomas to Maria Ware, were among the earliest Baptists in Tasmania. Three of the Ware brothers had become successful pastoralists in the Western District in the 1830s and provided much-needed patronage to Dowling throughout his career. This painting illustrates the warm relationship that existed between the Ware family and local Mopor people.