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1850 - 1928

1850, Heacham Hall, Norfolk, England – 1928, Sedgeford, Norfolk 

Harriet Jane Neville-Rolfe was the fourth of nine children of Charles Fawcett Neville-Rolfe and Martha Holt. She was home educated in England by a governess, taught Latin by the local vicar, and spent the years 1861–63 living in Italy. Between 1874 and 1877, Neville-Rolfe studied at London’s Slade School of Fine Art and at the École nationale de Dessin pour des jeunes filles in Paris, where she won numerous prizes. In September 1883, Neville-Rolfe sailed to Australia to stay with two of her brothers, who had holdings in a remote cattle station in central Queensland. During the period she lived on Alpha Station, Neville-Rolfe recorded various scenes and events of station life. These watercolour and pencil sketches were sent back to her family in England and may be considered the holiday ‘snapshots’ of the time.

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