This 'family biography' by award-winning writer Brenda Niall traces the emergence of an extraordinary artistic tradition. She places the Boyds in their historical and personal contexts, tells the interwoven stories of their brilliant careers, and analyses the shaping influences on their lives. Most remarkable is the story, told here for the first time, of heiress Emma Millsandmdash;a convict's daughter who in 1855 married William O Beckett, son of Victoria's first Chief Justice, and as the family's much-loved matriarch, promoted the artistic careers of her family. Niall's narrative shifts the spotlight from one family member to another, showing the dramatic changes in the family fortunes by moving between a sequence of Boyd family houses in Australian and Europeandmdash;a Wiltshire manor house, a farm in Yarra Glen, a pottery in Murumbeena, Arthur Boyd's Suffolk retreat, David Boyd's olive grove in the South of France and, finally, Bundanoon near Nowraandmdash;the homestead that Arthur Boyd gave to the Australian people. The Boyds is based on family papers, letters and diaries and a wide range of interviews.
Moving from 1840s Melbourne to the present day, it covers a vast territory while reading with the ease of a novel.
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(235mm x 158mm x 31mm)
The Miegunyah Press
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
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