Robert Dowling – son of Empire
8 May 2010 to 11 July 2010

Robert Dowling (1827-1886) holds a special place in the history of Australian art. He was the first locally produced artist in Australia and Australia's first truly regional artist (who worked in Geelong in the mid-1850s). He specialised in portraiture, but true to his times also painted popular genre subjects, literary and religious themes, the most substantial Orientalist images by any Australian artist of the time, as well as images of the Australian Aborigines. He was Australia's major portrait and figure painter from the late colonial period 1850-85.

Geelong Gallery is the exclusive Victorian venue for this exhibition. 

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A National Gallery of Australia Exhibition

Exhibition Sponsors

This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians and Visions of Australia, an Australian Government Program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of cultural material across Australia. The Exhibition Partners for Robert Dowling: son of Empire are Manteena and the National Gallery of Australia Council Exhibitions Fund. The exhibition is also supported by Media Partner ABC Local Radio.

The National Gallery of Australia is an Australian Government Agency.