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An image of Pressing wool bales by Charles Bayliss

Charles Bayliss

(England, Australia 1850 – 1897)

Pressing wool bales, from the album Collection of a country property, New South Wales
Media category
Materials used
albumen photograph

14.8 x 20.7 cm image/sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1984
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

'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.

Bibliography (3)

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

Exhibition history (2)

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