Pressing wool bales, from the album Collection of a country property, New South Wales
1850 - 1897
'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.
14.8 x 20.7 cm image/sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 3 publications
Robyn Donohue, Look, 'Arcadia: Nineteenth Century Australian Photography', pg. 22-23, Heidelberg, Oct 1998, 23.
Robert McFarlane, Critic's Choice, Sydney, 1994. no catalogue numbers
Unknown, Arcadia - nineteenth century Australian photography, Sydney, 1998, (illus.). no catalogue numbers