Visitors Expect a Prison but Behold a Palace

Sat 17 Mar, 3.30pm–4pm

Past program

NGV Australia, Federation Square

Exhibition space
Ground Level

For much of the early 19th century Sydney had an image problem. Europeans saw it as a vast depraved prison, however Colonists knew otherwise. How did colonial art sell the virtues and progress of British civilisation?


Richard Neville is the Mitchell Librarian and Director of Education and Scholarship at the State Library of New South Wales. With a research background in nineteenth Australian art and culture, he has published widely on colonial art and society.

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