Mark ARBUZ, 1980 Royal Visit Enlarge 1 /1


Lodz, Poland born 1953

  • to Australia 1958

1980 Royal Visit 1980 Description: tea-towel featuring various Australian animals on a railway station with a train passing
Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: textiles, tea towels, screenprint, cotton

Dimensions: 69.5 h x 62.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1980
Accession No: NGA 80.3397

Mark Arbuz’s 1980 Royal Visit teatowel uses this ubiquitous souvenir to comment on the visit of royalty as a mere passing train, with so little impact that it is observed only by native animals.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra