written by Brenda Niall
Miegunyah Press | ISBN 9780522853841
Paperback – 464 pages
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The Boyd family is Australia's most remarkable artistic dynasty. Among the descendants of landscape painter Emma Minnie Beckett and her husband Arthur Merric Boyd are talented painters, potters, sculptors, architects and writers, several of international standing.
This "family biography" by award-winning writer Brenda Niall traces the emergence of an extraordinary artistic tradition. She places the Boyds in their historical and personal contexts, tells the interwoven stories of their brilliant careers, and analyses the shaping influences on their lives.
Most remarkable is the story, told here for the first time, of heiress Emma Mills – a convict's daughter who in 1855 married William Beckett, son of Victoria's first Chief Justice. As the family's much-loved matriarch, Emma Beckett promoted the artistic careers of her daughter Emma Minnie, son-in-law Arthur Merric Boyd and Boyd grandchildren.
Beautifully illustrated, The Boyds is based on family papers, letters and diaries and a wide range of interviews. Moving from 1840s Melbourne to the present day, it covers a vast territory while reading with the ease of a novel.