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Death and Thomas Bock


Maxwell-Stewart, H, Death and Thomas Bock, Thomas Bock, Ikon Gallery and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, J Stewart and J Watkins (ed), Manchester, UK, pp. 89-101 (2017) [Published Creative Work]

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One of the many unusual things about Thomas Bock is his penchant for drawing the dead. A remarkable series of post-mortem studies by him is contained in the pages of a sketch book in possession of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston. The book probably dates from c. 1835. Three of the subjects are infants. The death of a child was a common occurrence in the nineteenth century; twelve percent of all children born in Van Diemen's Land in the 1850s failed to reach their first birthday. It is perhaps ironic, therefore, that the offence for which Bock was lagged to this remote British penal colony involved a child that lived - rather than one that had died.

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Item Type:Published Creative Work
Keywords:convict, art history, Thomas Bock
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Maxwell-Stewart, H (Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart)
ID Code:130948
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP140100783)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-02-21
Last Modified:2020-11-30

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