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The Explorer Burke on a Camel

© Sidney Nolan Trust / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Leicester Arts and Museums Service

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Nolan includes his characterisation of the explorer Robert O'Hara Burke, who with his partner William John Willis led the first expedition to cross Australia from South to North in 1860 using camels and horses, both perishing on the return leg. The figure of the loan explorer and his mount take on the dusty hue of their surroundings, acknowledging the harsh terrain and the task ahead with an expansive sweep of an arm.

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester Arts and Museums Service

Leicester

  • Date

    1966

  • Medium

    oil on board

  • Measurements

    122 x 122 cm

  • Accession number

    L.F4.1967.0.0

  • Acquisition method

    purchased from Marlborough Fine Art Ltd with the assistance of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 1967

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New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester Arts and Museums Service

53 New Walk, Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 7EA England

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