Ned Kelly painting breaks auction record for Australian art: Sidney Nolans painting of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, entitled First Class Marksman

Ned Kelly painting breaks auction record for Australian art

Exhibition ideas for theming, Australian Artists. Ned Kelly painting breaks auction record for Australian art: Sidney Nolans painting of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, entitled First Class Marksman

Edward "Ned" Kelly (1854 – 1880) was an Australian bushranger, and, to some, a folk hero for his defiance of the colonial authorities. Kelly was born in Victoria to an Irish convict father, and as a young man he clashed with the police. Following an incident at his home in 1878, police parties searched for him in the bush. After he murdered three policemen, the colony proclaimed Kelly and his gang wanted outlaws. A final violent confrontation with police took place at Glenrowan.

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This is Edward "kid" Nelly a famous outlaw with a gang that caused mayhem and fought the police. His gang helped him kill and evade colonial police. After he was discovered his gang was declared outlaws. They were killed in a massacre by police.

Sir Sidney Nolan - Landscape, 1978-9.  © The estate of Sir Sidney Nolan.  From the series Ned Kelly II.

Sir Sidney Nolan: Landscape I've always loved Nolan's explorations of the Ned Kelly myth. In a number of paintings, Kelly appears to be an empty suit waiting to be populated with our own imaginings.

Police mug shot of Ned Kelly at fifteen. 1871.

Anton Yelnich Irish-Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, age fifteen, c. (National Museum of Australia-Canberra)


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