An enigmatic colonial sculpture, Chris Tassell

Vol 45 no 4, Nov 2023
Article from Vol 45 no 4, Nov 2023

An enigmatic colonial sculpture, Chris Tassell

Abstract:




The earliest known free-standing, full-length sculpture created in Australia is a highly detailed sandstone statue of a well-dressed
colonial gentleman, urinating. Functionally plumbed, this statue is as extraordinary as it is enigmatic. Chris Tassell speculates on
who might have commissioned it, who made it, when it was made, who it represents, and why it was made.



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