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Death Kennedy engraving Frank Mahony 1886

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The Death of Kennedy


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Antique print relating to Australia


Depicts Edmund Besley Court Kennedy (1818 - 1848) being speared at the Escape River, nearly at the tip of Cape York Peninsula. On 28 April 1848 Kennedy had commenced his journey at Rockingham Bay intending to traverse north along the east coast of Cape York up to Albany Island. Francis P. Mahony, also known as Frank Mahony, was an Australian artist and member of the Dawn and Dusk Club. Mahony was born in Melbourne. He was taken to Sydney when 10 years old and studied at the Academy of Art under Giulio Anivitti. Mahony's work was accepted by The Bulletin and he became known for his excellent drawings of horses. In 1889 his oil painting Rounding up a Straggler, was bought for the Art Gallery of New South Wales; in 1896 The Cry of the Mothers was also purchased. Mahony did a lot of illustrative work for the Picturesque Atlas of Australia, Victoria and its Metropolis, the Antipodean and other magazines of the period, and was also responsible for some of the illustrations to Barcroft Boake's Where the Dead Men Lie. Published for Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, circa 1886. One faint foxing spot in the image, one mark in margin and waterstain top left of the sheet.

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artist C Schwirzburger after Frank Mahony (1862-1916)
method Wood-engraving
date C1886
size 280mm by 180mm (image) 450mm by 350mm (sheet)
SKU AU6346