Indigeneity and classical reception in The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay

Dr Marguerite Johnson's journal article, titled, 'Indigeneity and classical reception in The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay' (Classical Receptions Journal (2014) 6 (3): 402-425), has been selected as Editor's Choice as part of the Oxford Journals' website launch for the next printed issue of the Classical Receptions Journal.

As part of this recognition, the article is available free of charge for several months to showcase Dr Johnson's research.

Abstract

This article examines six plates depicting Indigenous peoples from the monograph entitled, The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay (1789). 

It is the first piece of scholarship to study the specific artwork separately (as opposed to constituents in broader surveys), and provides an in-depth background to the origins of the plates, their design history, manufacture, contextual placement within the book, and public reception. 

The primary means by which the plates are viewed is based on the tenets of Classical Reception in order to make sense of the artistic decision to cast the Indigenous peoples of Australia and Micronesia as either Arcadian rustics or Greek sculptures.


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