Alfred DUCOTEThomas MCLEAN, E-migration or a flight of fair game. Enlarge 1 /1


London, England

printer, lithographic

  • London, England (company) 1841


England 1788 – 1875


E-migration or a flight of fair game. 1832 Place made: 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
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark.
Edition State: published state
Impression: undesignated impression as issued
Edition: print run unknown

Primary Insc: no inscriptions.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: inscribed verso lower centre in black pencil, 'Australia'. inscribed verso lower right in black pencil, '73 TK/ =' (73 encircled). Auction: Christies auction, Dr C Craig cat. vol. 1, lot no.577.
Dimensions: printed image 23.6 h x 38.2 w cm printed border line 26.8 h x 39.8 w cm sheet 26.8 h x 39.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1975
Accession No: NGA 75.229
Subject: Australia, Art period: Colonial, Caricature Australia: Emigration Satire: Australia by English
  • Dr. Clifford Craig, Launceston, Tasmania.
  • Purchased by the Australian National Gallery, from Van Diemen's Land and Tasmania: The Dr. Clifford Craig Collection, Sydney: Christie, Manson & Woods [auction], 13-15 October 1975, lot 577.

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.

Roger Butler

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