This work by Richard Daintree (dated between 1864 and 1870) is a photograph overpainted in oils. Much of the Australian countryside was scattered gum trees such as this. ‘The bush’ was not forest, but park-like woodland where people could picnic in the sun. Before long, in Australia the word became a synonym for ‘the backblocks’.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
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Oil painting by Richard Daintree
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