England 1788 – 1875
E-migration or a flight of fair game.
70 St Martin's Lane, London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper lithograph, printed in black ink, from one stone; hand-coloured Support: thick cream wove paper
Edition State: published state
Impression: undesignated impression as issued
Edition: print run unknown
From the early 1800s, the British were encouraged to emigrate to Australia and become wealthy by working the land or, from the 1850s, by trying their luck on the goldfields. This work represents a facet of emigration to Australia.
Produced in London in 1832, the hand-coloured lithograph E-migration or a flight of fair game came towards the end of a long tradition of printed social and political satires. Nothing was sacred from these satirical artists and their print publishers, and the engravings, etchings and later lithographs they produced provided popular amusement for all classes.
E-migration addressed itself to both an English and Australian audience. The assisted immigration of single women was designed to help overcome the extreme shortage of women in the colony established by the transportation of felons. The print shows the men of Van Diemen’s Land eagerly awaiting the arrival of the young women, while older women left behind in the workhouses of England are left wishing that they too were eligible.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Anne Gray (ed), Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002