(England, Australia 1850 – 1897)
14.8 x 20.7 cm image/sheet
'Pressing wool bales' 1886-1891 shows the 'boss of the boards' in a typical pose of the shearing manager. The shearers in this photograph are the embodiment of hard masculine labour. It is an image which depicts social rank and was commissioned by the owner of the property. 'Pressing wool bales' ennobles the bushworker, a fundamental part of the great pastoral tradition in the nineteenth century.
Robyn Donohue, Look, 'Arcadia: Nineteenth Century Australian Photography', pg. 22-23, Heidelberg, Oct 1998, 23.
Robyn Donohue, Arcadia - nineteenth century Australian photography, North Sydney, 1998, (illus.). no catalogue numbers
Robert McFarlane, Critic's Choice, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers
Critic's Choice, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Apr 1994–10 Jul 1994
Arcadia: nineteenth century Australian photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Oct 1998–13 Dec 1998