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RocoColonial at Abercrombie

Discover artworks at Abercrombie House by Tony Clark, Peter Cooley, Deborah Kelly, Jennifer Leahy and Danie Mellor as part of the exhibition 'RocoColonial'.

In 1770 while Lieutenant Cook was charting the east coast of Australia, Marie Antoinette was marrying the future Louis XVI of France, this point in time coincidentally marking the end of the Rococo and the beginning of the Colonial. Artists then as now were fascinated with exotic flora and fauna often combining them with views of what Bill Gammage has called ‘biggest estate on earth’. This already peopled world, far removed from the refined cultures of Europe, offered the British an opportunity to expand their colonies.

Abercrombie House, a renowned heritage treasure of the Bathurst Region, has partnered with BRAG to present a RocoColonial satellite exhibition. Built in the 1870s by the descendants of Major General William Stewart, Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales, Abercrombie House has been the home of the Morgan family since 1969. They have spent the last 50 years restoring and maintaining this magnificent colonial palazzo with its surrounding estate and sharing it with the community.


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