Professor Peter McNeil is a design and art historian specialising in eighteenth-century English caricature and interwar Australian art. At Hill End he will pursue artist Donald Friend’s relationship with the eighteenth-century English caricature tradition as well as explore the aspects of decorative schemes in both his domestic life and his art practice. Along with his contemporaries such as Margaret Olley, Friend had an ability to see ‘hidden beauty’ and ‘queer things’ in the art and material culture of the past.
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IMAGES: (L to R) Shop sign in the Georgian manner for the Royal Hotel, Hill End 2013. Photo. Peter McNeil. The kitchen, Murray's cottage, Hill End 2013. Photo. Peter McNeil. William Hogarth The laughing audience 1733. etching on paper, 4th state. Version of a plate for a subscription ticket for 'A Rakes's Progress' and 'Southwark Fair'. Courtesy Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University. MENU IMAGE: Donald Friend Love me sailor (originally exhibited as 'Aimez-moi Matelot') 1948. Bathurst Regional Art Gallery collection purchase.