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Ned Kelly The Last Stand by Ian Jones

Ned Kelly The Last Stand by Ian Jones

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Ned Kelly The Last Stand

Written and illustrated by an eyewitness

Edited by Ian Jones

Thomas C. Lothian, 2003, [First Edition], ISBN 073440588X, black and white illustrations, paperback

Near Fine Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, no inscriptions (See photographs)

“Thomas Carrington’s drawing, Ned Kelly at Bay, is an Australian icon – the armoured outlaw calmly firing his revolver at surrounding police in the Glenrowan bush.  Press artist Carrington was eyewitness to that amazing gunfight – and the entire siege of Glenrowan.  He was on the special police train the Kelly Gang planned to wreck.  He lay on the Glenrowan railway station platform sketching the start of the pre-dawn battle and, twelve hours later, drew the spectacular end of the siege as the Glenrowan Inn burnt to the ground.
His Glenrowan drawings – published as engravings in the Australasian Sketcher only five days later – make up this uniquely dramatic portfolio now brought to new life by Carrington’s little known account of his Glenrowan adventure.
Ian Jones has edited Carrington’s account, and collected together many of Carrington’s engravings from the Australasian Sketcher and Punch.  He tells how Carrington – Melbourne bohemian, clubman, art connoisseur, political cartoonist, and dilettante critic – came to find himself in the middle of his century’s greatest breaking story, which, in an unexpected way, he may have helped create.”

 

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