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'Bushrangers' working sketches

William Strutt's large-scale historic paintings were based on a succession of sketches, which became the building blocks for the final artwork.

Touch or hover over the picture below to see the meticulous sketches that formed the foundation for his masterpiece, Bushrangers. You can also hide the finished artwork, to view the series of composite images in full.

Touch or hover over the image below to reveal the underlying sketches
William Strutt, 'Bushrangers, Victoria, Australia, 1852' (detail), 1887, oil on canvas, The University of Melbourne Art Collection, gift of the Russell and Mab Grimwade Bequest, 1973

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