The Prolific Mr. Charles Keene
Keywords:Charles Keene, Australian print history, illustration
This short article provides an overview of the collection of prints, drawings and watercolours by the British artist-illustrator, Charles Samuel Keene (1823-91), held in the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Unrivalled in terms of its size and breadth of content, Benson selects examples from the collection to describe Keene’s career and his place within the nineteenth-century British art world, including his relationship with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The history of the NGV’s acquisition of the collection and its recent digitization are also examined.
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