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Georgiana McCrae's paintbox and easel

  • Date recorded: 22 Mar 2019

  • Duration: 01:48

'Georgiana's paintbox reflects a common palette of the time'

– Albertine Hamilton

About this video

Take a guided look at Georgiana McCrae's portable paintbox and easel, featured in our exhibition The changing face of Victoria.

Paper conservator Albertine Hamilton reveals the construction of the beautiful folding easel and the hidden paintbox compartment containing watercolours and painting implements, including a porcupine quill.

She explains how this equipment would have been used by Georgiana when she was painting plein air in order to capture the landscape around her. She may also have used the watercolour pans when she painted her self-portrait.

Georgiana McCrae's paintbox and easel, along with her self-portrait on ivory, are on display in auturmn 2019 in the The changing face of Victoria exhibition, Dome Galleries, Level 5.