Thomas Bock

  • Jocelyn Hackforth-Jones


‘The want of a clever artist or two is sensibly experienced in this colony. We have here and thereone; but, for the most part, their talents happen unfortunately to be obscured amidst the fumes of intoxication, or the deplorable crime of indolence.In this interesting era there is ample scope for a man of sober and industrious genius such a one, we are creditably informed, now resides at HobartTown,… his name is Bock.’ Bock would have been unnatural indeed if he had not felt a glow of pride after reading these words in the Sydney Gazette (4 August 1825). For he had arrived as a prisoner in Van Diemen’s Land scarcely more than a year before.


Ample Scope Idealize Vision Successful Artist Informal Note Silver Medal 
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